Common medical mistakes in N I C U

Abstract from Port Said Seventh Neonatology Conference

Prof Osama Arafa, P h. D. Pediatrics – Consultant of Pediatrics & 14608877_1247025755319262_8206782697206890002_oNeonatology

The incidence and consequences of medication errors in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) demonstrate the importance of established safety procedures and guid elines for the prescribing, dispensing, and administration of medications. As the professional voice of neonatal nurses, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) recommends that appropriate measures and education be made available to everyone who prescribes or administers medications in the NICU and that members be proactive in participating in the development and implementation of safe medication practices in the NICU. • NICU patients often have long hospital stays, which increases exposure to medications and medication errors. In premature infants, the immaturity of developing body systems affects the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs, and therefore, the risk for medication errors is present. •NICU patients are nonverbal and unable to actively participate in the patient identification process, which increases the likelihood of wrong-patient errors