Planning for the Inevitable: Medication Errors

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Every pharmacy practice strives to avoid medication error sentinel events—the type of errors that result in death or serious physical or psychological injury not related to the natural course of a patient’s illness. This article will discuss the contributing factors most likely to cause a wrong drug/wrong dose error and identify risk management strategies in the medication use process that can minimize or prevent medication errors.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledg-based activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the contributing factors most likely to cause a wrong drug/wrong dose error.
  2. Review best practices aimed at reducing medication errors in your pharmacy.
  3. Describe root cause analysis and when it should be conducted in your pharmacy.
  4. Identify risk management strategies in the medication use process that can minimize or prevent medication errors.

Activity Type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information

The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours of CPE credit (0.20 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-20-215-H05-P.  

To obtain credit for Planning for the Inevitable: Medication Errors, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation, and then claim credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA's continuing pharmacy education policy allows two opportunities to successfully complete the continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that the questions may not appear in the same order as printed and only two attempts to pass the assessment will be granted.  The current policy of the APhA Education Department is to not release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: July 1, 2020
Expiration date: July 1, 2023 - No credit can be earned after this date

Development

Planning for the Inevitable: Medication Errors is a home-study continuing education activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2020 American Pharmacists Association

Disclosures

Donna Horn, MS, RPh, DPh, CHC; Karen Ryle, MS, RPh, DPh; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For complete staff disclosures, please see the Education and Accreditation Information section at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.

Fee

There is no fee associated with this activity for members of the American Pharmacists Association. There is a $25 fee for nonmembers.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-20-215-H05-P 0.2 CEUs July 01, 2020 - July 01, 2023