Improving the Quality of the Medication Use Process: Error Prevention and Reducing Adverse Drug Events / Edition 1

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Open up Improving the Quality of the Medication Use Process: Error Prevention and Reducing Adverse Drug Events, and you'll gain instant access to crucial data pertaining to the prevention, detection, and research of error in health care, specifically in the pharmacy profession. Under the direction of this collection of current and timely chapters, you'll find that you can become more adept at defining error, determining the factors that contribute to error, and deciding how medication errors can be reduced and even completely prevented.

Each year, an estimated 120,000 preventable deaths and nearly 1,000,000 injuries occur during the course of medical treatment—a staggering and alarming figure. Improving the Quality of the Medication Use Process takes a hard look at such misguided health care and proposes quick and effective methods for intervention on the part of the individual professional and the health care community at large. These and other topics will help you in your efforts to identify error and design methods of error prevention:

  • the causes of medication errors
  • strategies relative to system modifications—practice standards, packaging, labeling, and product identity
  • accountability issues from various multidisciplinary health care sectors
  • the medical, ethical, and public policy considerations associated with medication errors and patient injuries
  • various system and practice initiatives currently being implemented to facilitate the medication use process

    Improving the Quality of the Medication Use Process is a book for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, health care system managers, the pharmaceutical industry, and the average citizen who has been in the health care system and wants to be informed before the next trip to the office or drugstore. Read it, and you'll find that you more clearly understand the problems leading up to adverse drug events. You'll also feel more dedicated to taking the proactive measures that will minimize or even eliminate medication errors.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kenneth Witte, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This book features a compilation of presentations by experts from regulatory agencies, healthcare associations, various healthcare professions, and heathcare researchers. They provide their viewpoints on the risks of medication errors and adverse drug events as well as provide examples of ways to reduce them by improving the medication use process.
Purpose: First, strong evidence of the harm and risks associated with medication use is provided. Then up-to-date information on the current efforts of various regulatory agencies, health professions, and healthcare researchers on how they are reducing the risk of medication errors and adverse drug events is given. This is done by providing excellent examples of how various groups are improving the medication use process.
Audience: The audience is all who are concerned about medication errors and adverse events, especially those who can influence the medication use process.
Features: The editors do an outstanding job in providing perspectives of regulatory agencies and various health professions, as well as their specific strategies to improve the medication use process. Top leaders and influential persons in those agencies, associations, and professions provide expert advice. Tables and figures are provided that give specific examples of medication errors; a very useful demonstration of how real the problems of medication errors really are.
Assessment: This is a very useful book that provides solutions by experts on ways to improve the medication use process and reduce the risk of medication error and adverse drug events. No other book has such a wide scope of contributors from various healthcare backgrounds that address the issues of medication problems and provide their approaches to improve medication use. This book should be part of a series in the ever-changing medication use process as new changes and advancements in healthcare are made.
Kenneth Witte
This book features a compilation of presentations by experts from regulatory agencies, healthcare associations, various healthcare professions, and heathcare researchers. They provide their viewpoints on the risks of medication errors and adverse drug events as well as provide examples of ways to reduce them by improving the medication use process. First, strong evidence of the harm and risks associated with medication use is provided. Then up-to-date information on the current efforts of various regulatory agencies, health professions, and healthcare researchers on how they are reducing the risk of medication errors and adverse drug events is given. This is done by providing excellent examples of how various groups are improving the medication use process. The audience is all who are concerned about medication errors and adverse events, especially those who can influence the medication use process. The editors do an outstanding job in providing perspectives of regulatory agencies and various health professions, as well as their specific strategies to improve the medication use process. Top leaders and influential persons in those agencies, associations, and professions provide expert advice. Tables and figures are provided that give specific examples of medication errors; a very useful demonstration of how real the problems of medication errors really are. This is a very useful book that provides solutions by experts on ways to improve the medication use process and reduce the risk of medication error and adverse drug events. No other book has such a wide scope of contributors from various healthcare backgrounds that address the issues of medication problems and provide theirapproaches to improve medication use. This book should be part of a series in the ever-changing medication use process as new changes and advancements in healthcare are made.
Booknews
Looks at issues surrounding the prevention of adverse drug events, a term encompassing both adverse drug reactions and medication errors, and proposes methods for intervention on the part of individual professionals and the health care community at large. Explores the roles of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, industry, and information systems. For health care and pharmaceutical professionals. Stems from the 42nd Ohio Pharmaceutical Seminar. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789004581
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

ContentsMedication Misadventuring as a Public Policy Issue

  • Danger at the Drug Store: Can Pharmacists Prevent Adverse Drug Events?
  • Adverse Drug Events: A Patient's Right to Know
  • A Regulatory Response to the Occurrence of Adverse Drug Events
  • The State Boards of Pharmacy Response to the Occurrence of Adverse Drug Events
  • Practitioner Experiences as a Catalyst for Change: The USP Medication Errors Reporting Program
  • Assessing the Performance of the Medication Use Process: Joint Commission Perspective
  • Health Professions Responsibility for Reducing Adverse Drug Events
  • Pharmacist's Role in Reducing Adverse Drug Events
  • Nurse's Role in Reducing Adverse Drug Events
  • Reducing Adverse Drug Events: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Role of Information Systems in Reducing Adverse Drug Events
  • Re-Engineering the Medication Use Process in an Organized Health Care System
  • Reengineering a Pharmacy Practice to Reduce Adverse Drug Events
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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