Medication Administration Error: A Review of the Literature and Recommended Future Direction

Author: Sharon McLane, RN, MBD, BC

Primary Advisor: Kim Dunn, MD, PhD (co-author)

Committee Members: Jiajie Zhang, PhD (co-author)

Masters thesis, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston.

Errors during medication administration result from the highly complex interplay of system, organizational, environmental, human fallibility, and cognitive issues. This article summarizes recent literature regarding causes of medication error, and discusses the promise of the next generation of strategies to support continued reduction in medication administration errors.