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What is the medication error that occurred in this Coronial clinical case summary?

What is the medication error that occurred in this Coronial clinical case summary?

– Discuss and describe this medication error.

Assignment 2 – Short Answer Topics
Due Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 4pm
Weighting: 30%
Instructions
· To complete this assessment, read the Coronial clinical case summary found on the Moodle site
under Assessment tab: Assessment 2. All three (3) topics relate to this clinical case summary.
· Three (3) topics with questions are listed below and you are expected to attempt all three topics
and questions.
· You are required to write 550 words (+/- 10%) to address and answer the questions contained in
each topic.
· Each topic is an individual essay and needs to adhere to the stipulated word count. Therefore
academic essay format is required for each topic which includes an introduction and conclusion
for each topic you answer. As each topic is 550 words, a general rule of no more than 10% of the
total word count should apply (50-60 words). For help with writing an academic essay please click
the link ‘Writing an Academic Essay’ on the Moodle site (under the ‘Assessment’ tab) or contact the
ALC (Academic Learning Centre) for assistance.
· APA referencing is required (please click this link to access the APA abridged guide available via this
link or on the course Moodle site under the ‘Assessment’ tab). Please note that referencing is
worth 15% of your overall mark for this assessment.
· In-text referencing is included in the word count.
· The study guide, course profile, and power-points supplied in the course Moodle site are NOT to be
used as reference sources but are good resources to guide your answers. NB: journal articles less
than 5 years old and textbooks less than 10 years old should only be used.
Topics
Topic 1: Medication Errors
a) What is the medication error that occurred in this Coronial clinical case summary?
– Discuss and describe this medication error.
b) There are a number of systemic failings and poor practices contributed to this medication error
that occurred in this Coronial clinical case summary. What are these?
– Identify and discuss at least 2 (two) of these failing and or poor practices that occurred in this
clinical case summary.
– How can these failings or poor practices that you have identified, be addressed so that the risk
of such a medication error occurring again can be minimised?
Topic 2. Ethical Principles
‘Nurses are regularly confronted with ethical dilemmas in day to day practice and are regularly
required to make ethical decisions, despite not always being aware of this fact (Oh & Gastmans,
2015)’. Ethical principles relate to medications just as it does to any other nursing practice.
Instructions: Many ethical principles could apply to the nurse administering medication to alleviate
Mr H’s pain.
After reading the Coronial clinical case summary, describe and discuss each ethical principle listed
below:
o non-maleficence and
o beneficence
– How would each principle listed here, apply in this clinical case summary?
NB: It is expected that you write in third person (no ‘I’ or ‘we’ statements).
Topic 3. Legislation
Mr H is administered medication to control his pain. Many Laws and Acts govern medication and
medication administration and therefore the Registered Nurse has a responsibility to be aware of
those that are relevant to their practice.
a) What is the significance of drug legislation to nursing? Include a general description of the
Australian schedules for medicines and poisons ie: S2, S3, S4 and S8. Provide a least one example
of a medication for each of these schedules.
b) What is the legislative schedule of the medication given to Mr H to treat his pain?
c) What are the legal requirements in storage and administering of this scheduled medication to Mr
H, which the nurse has a responsibility in abiding by?


 

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