Medication errors in university-affiliated teaching hospitals as compared to non-university-affiliated teaching hospitals in Jordan.
Nurs Forum. 2011 Oct-Dec;46(4):206-17
Authors: Mrayyan MT, Al-Atiyyat N
BACKGROUND: "Medication errors" is a serious underreported practice issue. This is the first study in Jordan and other countries that compare medication errors between university-affiliated teaching hospitals (UATHs) and non-university-affiliated teaching hospitals (NUATHs).
DESIGN AND SAMPLE: Survey method was used to collect data of the current study. A convenience sample of 171 nurses was recruited from two UATHs and a sample of 98 nurses from two NUATHs.
RESULTS: There were significant differences between the two types of hospitals in terms of causes, percentage, and reporting of medication errors. More medication errors are committed in NUATHs, thus immediate interventions are needed. Nurses in NUATHs should be encouraged to report medication errors; those nurses were more subjected to disciplinary actions or at the risk of losing their jobs.
CONCLUSIONS: Medication errors are escalating, and is a matter that requires immediate interventions in all types of hospitals, especially in NUATHs. More reporting methods should be established in NUATHs.
PMID: 22029764 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]