It is true that errors that occur due to medications are the most common types of medical errors and ones that can be avoided through a variety of strategies. These errors lead to fatal events that could be avoided if the correct procedures were followed by a given medical officer or a hospital. Such cases are rampant in the pediatric population as compared to the adult population. This is because most medications are meant for adults with very few packaged ready for children. Another reason is that children may not be I a position to effectively communicate to the people in charge of them about the effects the medication is having on them. Lastly these situations occur because their bodies are not able to withstand these errors because of the underdeveloped physiological systems (Joint Commission, 2008).
The community hospital should take a variety of measures to ensure there is no repeat of such an incident. The joint commission proposes a variety of these measures that can be used to prevent such events from happening. The first strategy is to effectively standardize and classify medications so that they can be easily separated from those meant for adults. This could be done by having different sections of the pharmacy that serves children and adults. The process of drug administration should also be clear so that all medical officers have a clear process to follow before a patient is given medication. This will be effective because its only possible to give a drug after following the laid down steps that is get it from the children section and follow rules before administering (Joint Commission, 2008).
The second strategy is to ensure that the pharmacy staff is involved in all stages of administering the drugs. Before any of the patients are put on medication, a pharmacy staff should approve the medication and certify that it can be given to the said patient suffering from that kind of condition. After a thorough medical checkup is when the medication can be given to the child. This strategy is effective because it will reduce the chances of the patient receiving the wrong kind of medication (Joint Commission, 2008).
The third the community hospital could do is to apply appropriate technology through careful assessment and application of available medical technologies. These technologies could incorporate automated systems that offer accurate dosages depending on the patient’s information. This strategy will be effective because.