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Root Cause Analysis- Delay in treatment

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However this delay in treatment could have been avoided had the doctor explained about the medicine to both the patient and the nurse. 2. Nurse Administers the Wrong Medication Due to Inadequate Checking of the Medication Nurse is interrupted in her task She either takes the wrong medication or is given the wrong medication Nurse does not check the medication Nurse administers the wrong drug to the patient Delay in appropriate treatment can also occur if the nurses themselves fail to check for what medication they provide to the patients. The nurse might not be aware of this mistake, however, end result is that there is a delay in treatment, that is, proper treatment, as the patient receives wrong medication.

Furthermore, another factor here is that, when the nurse is interrupted in his or her task, and given other responsibilities, even if they have the correct medication in their hands, they might not be able to provide it to the patient due to other engagements. This also results in delay in treatment, as the patient has to wait till the nurse has finished the new task she was given. 3.

The Wrong Medication is Given Either because the Prescription was not Filled Properly or it was for the Wrong Drug. Prescription is not properly filled / Prescription of the wrong medication Nurse is delivered with wrong medication Wrong medication given as a result of wrong prescription also leads to delay in treatment. First of all, it can be seen that significant time passes until the nurse or the doctor comes to know that the wrong medication was given. It maybe found out depending on when the next medication is to be given.

Doctors or nurses will find out while giving the next dosage, as they will check the previous dosage details. Then there is a significant gap between replacing the wrong medication as well as providing the proper one. Thus, it becomes clear that this also causes delay in treatment. 4. Pharmacist Fills the Prescription Wrong Pharmacist takes the wrong drugs (mistaken for bottles that look alike) OR Pharmacist reads the prescription wrong (Illegible handwriting) AND Does not check the prescription properly Inaccurate filling of prescription Wrong medication when given out by the pharmacist also causes delay in treatment, as like in above-mentioned cases, the patient is in deed receiving wrong treatment.

Thus, wrong drug handed out by the pharmacist also becomes a root cause for delay in the proper treatment. 5. Ineffective Check of Prescription for Wrong Drug Medication names of similar sounds Wrong prescription written by doctor OR Wrong medication selected by the doctor AND Inadequate check of the prescribed prescription Wrong medication prescription At times, the doctor may have lack of attention when he prescribes the medication, this will result in selection of wrong medicine, thus leading to delay in appropriate treatment.

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