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Karttunen, M., Sneck, S., Jokelainen, J., Männikkö, N. & Elo, S.. (2019) Safety checks, monitoring and documentation in medication process in long-term elderly care : nurses' subjective perceptions. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9 (8), 26-35 . https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v9n8p26

Safety checks, monitoring and documentation in medication process in long-term elderly care : nurses' subjective perceptions

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Author: Karttunen, Markus1; Sneck, Sami2; Jokelainen, Jari3,4;
Organizations: 1Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
2Medication education and safety coordinator, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3Unit of General Practice, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
44Center for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Department of Social Services and Rehabilitation, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
6Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
7University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.2 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202002246215
Language: English
Published: Sciedu Press, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-02-24
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Abstract

Objective: Elderly people often use several medicines, which increases risks for side effects and adverse effects. Moreover, most reported adverse events in healthcare are associated with medication. The aim was to describe nursing staffs’ perceptions about and the factors related to the actualization of safety checks, monitoring and documentation in the medication process in long-term elderly care.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional quantitative, questionnaire-based study. The response rate, among all nurses working in long-term elderly care wards in a Finnish healthcare district, was 39.4% (n = 492).

Results: The results indicate that some safety checks and monitoring guidelines are often violated during the medication administration process, but most nurses self-reportedly maintained good practice in medication documentation.

Conclusions: The results suggest needs to review training in pharmacology, infection control, and medication calculations during pre-qualification and continuing education, and to ensure nurses’ awareness of attitudes and ethical considerations for medication safety.

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Series: Journal of nursing education and practice
ISSN: 1925-4040
ISSN-E: 1925-4059
ISSN-L: 1925-4040
Volume: 9
Issue: 8
Pages: 26 - 35
DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v9n8p26
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.5430/jnep.v9n8p26
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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