Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Brief report


M.Sc. in Nursing, Lecturer, Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University, Kerman Branch, Kerman, Iran


  Background & Objective: Medication errors is one of the most common medical errors a universal problem and serious threat to patient safety and in some cases can result in patient death Therefore understanding the different aspects of this problem can provide an opportunity to prevent and minimize this issue The purpose of this study was to explore medication errors among nursing students in Kerman city Iran   Methods: In this descriptive crosssectional study all nursing students in their 7th and 8th term (n = 90) were recruited using census method in 20122013 The data collection tool was a researchermade questionnaire including questions related to demographic data and medication errors The validity and reliability of the questionnaire were approved Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chisquare test in SPSS software   Results: The results showed that 844% of students were female and 663% of students had witnessed or discovered medication errors by other students In addition 6697% (n = 60) of the students confirmed their medication errors (total of 101 errors) Based on this the average of medication errors of the whole sample was 112 The highest rate of error was related to intravenous injection (683%) and the lowest to subcutaneous injection (18%) The most prevalent types of medication errors were wrong dose (417%) and infusion rate (467%) There were no statistically significant relationships between medication errors and gender age marital status and work experience (P > 005)   Conclusion: This study showed that the incidence rate of medication errors among nursing students is high Therefore this issue necessitates additional attention from the education system in order to provide patients with safe care services which is their inalienable right and obtain their satisfaction


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