THE NATURAL AND PREVALENCE OF MEDICATION ERRORS IN A TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN INDONESIA
Keywords:Medication error, Medication error incident, Pharmacy service, Prescribing error, Indonesian hospital
Objective: Medication error is the most common errors in a hospital setting and a serious issue that intimidate the safety of the patient and may cause mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study is to explore the rate of medication errors reporting in an Indonesian hospital.
Methods: This study is retrospective and descriptive. This research was conducted at dr. Soeradji Tirtonegoro General Hospital Medical Center from January to June 2020. Medication error reporting, which was reported for six months, was the sample of the study.
Results: On the period, 105,171 prescribing sheets were collected. 9.5% of the total prescribing sheets are categorized as Medication Error (ME). The highest incident of ME was prescribing error (88.24%), then followed by transcribing error (7.61%), dispensing error (4.02%), and the last was administration error (0.13%).
Conclusion: The most common incident occurred at prescribing stage because the hospital is not supported by electronic prescription. Medication error is an inevitable event during the medication process. But, the incidents can be minimized by implementing some preventive strategies to improve patient safety and safe drug use.
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