The impact of medication errors on nursing professionals

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Estrada S, Brunelli MV, Celano MC, Quiroga A, Chattas G. El impacto del error de medicación en los profesionales de enfermería. Rev. iberoam. Educ. investi. Enferm. 2018; 8(2):40-45.


1 Silvina Estrada, 1 María Victoria Brunelli, 1 María Constanza Celano, 2 Ana Quiroga, 2 Guillermina Chattas


1 Profesora de la Especialidad de Enfermería oncológica. Universidad Austral. Argentina.2 Profesora de la Especialidad de Enfermería neonatal. Universidad Austral. Argentina.

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Purpose: to assess the impact of medication errors on health professionals and the learning from the event.
Methods: a descriptive study through an anonymous and voluntary survey carried out in 280 nursing professionals between 2013-2016 in Argentina.
Results: 88.6% (n= 248) of participants stated that they had made an error in the administration of medication. The feeling of guilt is the prevailing one in the professionals (57%), followed by anguish (50%), and anger (42%). As for learning, 64% of participants stated they learned to be more cautious in the preparation and administration of medication, and 46% added that they needed to receive training after the event.
Conclusion: as shown by the present study, nursing professionals who report a medication error may mainly experience guilt, anguish, and anger. This leads them to be more prudent in their professional practice and to demand more training in the field they work in. There is also a need to raise awareness among the services and organizations on this issue and to provide resources for their prevention and management.


patient safety; second victimmedication errors

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