Medication Errors Reporting at Community Memorial Hospital

MedicationErrors Reporting at Community Memorial Hospital

MedicationErrors Reporting at Community Memorial Hospital

Atthe Community Memorial Hospital, there has been a significant problemof incomplete reporting of medical errors by the medical personnel.The core culprits are the nurses and nurse assistants who spend mostof the time at the hospital with the patients (Joy, Davis, andCordona, 2012). It was noted that medical errors come about whennurses fail to complete the error sheet they are in an improper wayor were not filled at all. The implication is that the chief nursewill fail to meet the deadline set by the senior management in thequality assurance department. The purpose of this study is to lookinto the medication error reporting and the implications it has if itis done or fails to be done.

Themethod of study will be use of secondary information from theprevious researches that were conducted before the hospital. Thatwill help the personnel understand the brevity of matters medicationerror reporting. The study by Joy, Davis, and Cordona (2012) will beinstrumental in assisting the hospital to get to the bottom of theissues at hand and the results will be relayed in the subsequentsections of the study.Kershaw (2012) commented on TheInstitute of Medicine report to Erris Human thatacknowledges that holding individuals accountable for safe healthcare delivery contributes to blaming them for their errors(Kershaw,&nbsp2012).They recommend absolving the blame. This means that the CommunityMemorial Hospital has to have a systematic way of dealing with thethreatsrelating to professional negligence. Using administration censureswhich are largely criticized in the IOM report will only bedetrimental to quality of healthcare delivery.


Factshave it that twenty to thirty percent of medical errors at theCommunity Memorial Hospital went unreported by the relevantregistered and enrolled nurses (Joy, Davis, and Cordona, 2012).However, the facility has laid down procedures that should befollowed when reporting errors. The procedures are well cut out andwould not victimize anyone who commits the errors as long as it saidand backed with a concrete supporting reason. Instead, medical errorsshould be addressed from the perspective of the institution as awhole as opposed to dealing with individuals.

Itis improper for medical personnel to fail in the duty to report amedical error according to the medical staff`s` protocols and even inCommunity Memorial Hospital procedures. Reporting of those medicalmistakes keeps the records on the areas that need to be fastened andavoid future mistakes from the medical officers. Those errors may notbe harmful to the patients but need to be recorded for future safetyand quality to the patients. Further, reporting of errors isfundamental to preventing future incidences that could lead to moredetrimental mistakes by the personnel at the facility. It is saidthat most of the mistakes done are either out of negligence whileothers could be voidable or could be prevented. It is for that reasonthat Joy, Davis, and Cordona (2012) asserts that reporting should bedone through mechanisms that hold service providers responsible forperformance, and providing knowledge and information that would leadto more enhanced safety than before.

Itis further cited that reporting mistakes that did not harm patients,that never happened but were interjected before harm was done, andwere just about to happen is as imperative as reporting those thatdid harm to the patients. That is because all these were in the lineof learning and advancing in the career. It is in the interest of theclients the medical facility serves that reporting is encouraged andfurther made mandatory in law with the consequences for failure toreport. According to Joy, Davis, and Cordona (2012), initiatives inthe medical facility are meant for the patients` safety and aregeared towards systemic failures that lead to errors within thecomplex healthcare services provision environment.


Themode of reporting at the Community Memorial Hospital is mandatory,confidential, where employees are guided that it is a must to reportthe errors experienced but in a sensitive manner. Confidentialityallows the personnel to report but will not be victimized if thesupporting reason for the failure to occur is genuine and acceptable.Further, if the error happened due to the failure in systems of thehospital, it will give an opportunity for the quality assuranceofficers and operation auditors to have a session and assess thesystems for the purpose of improving safety and quality of healthcareservices. There are ethical implications for failure to disclose theerrors by the performers as that would discredit the ability of theofficer to handle duties in the delicate healthcare environment (Joy,Davis, and Cordona, 2012). When the service providers at the facilityspeak the truth, trust is entrenched and shared among thestakeholders, thus making them live in confidence of the servicesprovided at the Community Memorial Hospital.


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