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A prospective risk assessment of informal carers’ medication administration errors within the domiciliary setting

Parand, Anam, Faiella, Giuliana, Franklin, Bryony Dean, Johnston, Maximilian, Clemente, Fabrizio, Stanton, Neville A. and Sevdalis, Nick (2017) A prospective risk assessment of informal carers’ medication administration errors within the domiciliary setting. Ergonomics. ISSN 0014-0139

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1330491

Abstract

Increasingly, medication is being administered at home by family and friends of the care-recipient. This study aims to identify and analyse risks associated with potential drug administration errors made by informal carers at home. We mapped medication administration at home with a multidisciplinary team that included carers, healthcare professionals and patients. Evidence-based risk-analysis methodologies were applied: Healthcare Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (HFMEA), Systematic Human Error Reduction and Prediction Analysis (SHERPA) and Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP). The process of administration comprises seven sub-processes. Thirty four possible failure modes were identified and six of these were rated as high risk. These highlighted that medications may be given with a wrong dose, stored incorrectly, not discontinued as instructed, not recorded, or not ordered on time, and often caused by communication and support problems. Combined risk analyses contributed unique information helpful to better understand the medication administration risks and causes within homecare.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/terg20
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 13:58
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83772

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