Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Medication Administration Safety in the ASC

Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Medication Administration Safety in the ASC

Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Medication Administration Safety in the ASC

Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Medication Administration Safety in the ASC

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An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug, which includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses. The National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention has determined that there are three types of ADEs that are considered common, clinically significant, preventable and measureable. The ADEs include anticoagulants, diabetes agents, and opioids. The plan suggests a four-pronged approach to reducing these risks that include surveillance, prevention, incentives and oversight plus ongoing research. In the ambulatory surgery center environment there are significant risks for ADEs as every surgical procedure involves the use and in many instances, temporary alterations to medication therapies for the chronically ill, which presents a significant opportunity for medication management improvement. In this course, we will review the multiple factors that the surgical team should consider and the latest guidelines for improving medication safety and administration preoperatively, postoperatively, and within the continuum of care.

COURSE INFORMATION

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs)1 hrsValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-10-28Updated 2019-10-28

Course Objectives

  • Identify the three most common types of medication errors identified in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention and the correlation to potential ADEs in the ASC
  • Summarize the roles and responsibilities of an anesthesiologist and the surgical team for identifying and reducing the risk of ADEs
  • Explain the basics of medication management and best practices for medication management preoperatively, during procedures, and post operatively
  • Identify the key provisions of federal and state regulations regarding opioid prescribing and the basic USP 800 requirements for identification and management of hazardous pharmaceuticals and compoun
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the six rights of medication administration and the importance of creating a culture of transparency for reporting medication errors, near misses, and ADEs

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