Administration of intravenous medication in hospitals

contributions to safe evidence-based practice

  • Celeste Bastos Escuela de enfermería de Porto, Porto, Portugal
  • Maria do Céu Barbieri Porto School of Nursing, UNIESEP / CINTESIS, Porto, Portugal
Keywords: Patient safety, Evidence-based nursing, Intravenous administration, Medication errors

Abstract

Introduction: Health safety has gained special prominence due to the worrying data that have been revealed. High safety standards are not achieved without the involvement of nurse managers.  

Objectives: Know the strategies of nurse managers to ensure the safety of clients and nurses in a hospital service.

Methods: Qualitative interpretative study using semi-structured interviews with 14 nurse managers of a hospital in central Portugal, with convenience sampling. The content analysis was performed using Bardin’s methodology and Atlas.ti® software.

Results: Twenty categories were identified, such as Team Discussion, Team Reinforcement, Work Plan Distribution, Training, Awareness Raising, Supervision. Of the total of categories, ten relate to client and nurse safety, nine exclusively to client safety and one to nurse safety.

Conclusions: Safety management strategies are predominantly global, evident in the coincidence of categories between strategies for the safety of users and professionals. The strategies for client safety outnumber the strategies for nurse safety. Participants demonstrated knowledge of some of the World Health Organization's key strategic recommendations.

 

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Published
2020-01-31
Section
Life and Healthcare Sciences