HCA 375 WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT Medical Error Rates

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MEDICAL ERROR RATES HCA 375 Continuous Quality Monitoring & AccreditationIntroduction Medical errors in the US are known to cause significant fatalities in the US and in most cases long term medical damage to the patient. Efforts made to curb the instances of medical errors have yielded few results (Doheny, 2009). The largest contributor to medical errors in the US is administration of medication and accounts for more than 50% of the cases that have been witnessed. The error in medication administration takes different forms i.e. error in dosage, incorrect medicine dispensed, incorrect strength used, ignored side effects or prognosis (Stencel, 2006). The inherently routine act of administering drugs does lead to fatalities in the US. This paper looks at one such case of error in administering medication that did not lead to a fatality, but left the patient with considerable damage which could be permanent. The case is of a five year old Trey Jones from Nashville who was administered incorrect medicine type and in heavy doses for months together before the error was spotted. The incident caused significant health damage and extreme distress to the boy and his family (McCoy & Brady, 2008). Analysis of the Medical ErrorThe medication that was released to the Jones family for Trey was intended to reduce blood pressure that could help the symptoms of Trey. However the medication that was dispensed by the pharmacist at the Walgreens store was a steroid that is

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