Drug Safety Education Lacking in Some Hospitals

Hospitals may be missing opportunities to enhance patient safety strategies, which could result in more Connecticut Drug Injury cases.

According to a study conducted by Matthew Grissinger, RPh, who is Director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) in Pennsylvania, all too often hospitals with other pressing needs push education and staff competency assessment to the back burner.

In a survey of more than 1,300 health organizations, ISMP found that many hospitals fail to adequately educate pharmacists, nurses, and physicians in drug safety, and do not evaluate their knowledge and skills routinely.

Respondents scored 64% on average on questions designed to assess whether practitioners receive sufficient orientation on medication use. They were also questioned about ongoing education and error prevention. New staff pharmacists in 34% of the hospitals admitted they do not spend time inpatient care units to become familiar with drug prescribing practices. Almost 47% of respondents noted that their hospitals do not include pharmacists during orientation. More than 70% of respondents said that new nurses do not spend time in the pharmacy or with clinical pharmacists during orientation, and 34% of respondents note a lack of teamwork exercises.

The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm acknowledges the dangers medication errors can present and suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you have been harmed by a medication given to you or a loved one by a health care professional.