A study to assess the knowledge of staff nurses regarding medical errors in emergency department in selected Hospitals at Bharuch
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A Medical Error is a preventable adverse effect of care, whether or not it is evident or dangerous to the patient. Patient safety is one of the main concepts in the field of health care provision and a major element of health services quality.
1. To assess the knowledge of staff nurses regarding medical errors in emergency department. 2. To find out association between knowledge of staff nurses and selected demographic variables. 3. To develop an information booklet regarding medical errors in emergency department.
A descriptive research design used in study. Non probability purposive sampling technique was used. Total 40 samples was selected from Emergency Department of selected Hospital. This consists of 30multiple choice questions. Pretest are taken to assess the knowledge of Staff Nurse regarding medical errors and information booklet is used to give information about medical errors.
Total mean score was 12.71 and mean percentage 42.36%. Major finding of the study were 20(50%) sample had poor level of knowledge. 16(40%) Sample had average level of knowledge while 04(10%) samples had good level of knowledge regarding medical errors. There was significant association between Knowledge of staff nurses regarding medical errors in emergency department in selected Hospital, Bharuch with their Age, Years of experience, Nature of duty And Job type.
The Study concluded that Night shift duty and over workload among staff nurses have greatly influenced in the administration of medication. The stakeholders must review the workload of staff nurses within their hospital and rectify with a possible solution. The poor knowledge of nurses can be improved by continuing nursing education and an efficient induction programme will be reduce the medication error among the nurses.
Knowledge, Medical Errors, Emergency, Staff Nurses.