Diabetes Journals_2 on Prescribing Errors
Diabetes journals_2 have another thing good for them like when I read about prescribing errors in diabetes. Imagine how my eyes widened when I saw that topic and I just couldn't stand it until I read the whole thing! So trembling was I when I read it and now I am writing this to share it with you.
Serious unfavorable effects could be the result when prescribing errors come into play. This is attested by the fact that admission to the hospital is caused by antidiabetic agents. Mind you the prescribing errors may be due to inability to communicate clearly and ineligible handwriting. Also, some abbreviations used could be inappropriate.
Let me tell you about an error involving insulin that has been reported wildly in the United Kingdom. This was so serious that now education and training are in place to reduce the errors. The errors may lower but unless there is a change in the system, they will keep on occurring. So do the diabetes journals_2 claim.
Let us look at the errors that could happen in the condition that is close and dear to our heart. To control the blood sugar concentrations, the main treatments used are insulin and antidiabetic agents. The trouble with this is that errors could lead to either hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia that could threaten one's life. Knowing this could help place some protection.
Here are the most common errors:
- Transcription mistakes
- Dosage errors
- Illegible handwriting
- Not prescribing the medication that is indicated
- Wrong formulations
- Wrong dosing interval
- Interactions between drugs
What is medication error anyway? This refers to failure in the therapeutic process that could lead to some harm to the patient. The error can make it unsafe for the dispensing of the drugs. In this sense, they can be categorized into two broad types, according to the diabetes journals_2.
- Mistakes which are those made in the planning of acts that are intentional.
- Errors which are made during the carrying out of the act which are known as slips or acts of commission and lapses which are acts of omission.
Slips and lapses happen when there is a correct treatment plan but it was not carried out accurately There is an additional concern about all these. It is when the mistake is deliberate although not really that wrong but enough to make the taking of medicine unsafe. An example of this is when choosing to take deliberate short cuts in the treatment plan.
What kind of harm can be taken from antidiabetic medication? They studied this issue in Netherlands and found out that insulin and antidiabetic agents were the fourth main cause associated to hospital admission. The third most frequent diagnosis that is linked to drug is hypoglycemia.
The researchers reviewed the patients who were hospitalized and were taking antidiabetic treatment. They found that 9.5% experienced one or more hypoglycemic events. About 40% of these hypoglycemic episodes are linked to the failure to adjust the dosage of the antidiabetic drug.
The hypoglycemia events were preventable had there been a system of monitoring in place and consequently making the necessary adjustment to the dosage. So there is plenty of room for improvement. Now can you tell why I love reading these diabetes journals_2?
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