Interventions to Address Medication Safety in the ICU

Professor Elizabeth Manias

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Lecture overview

This talk examines key definitions relating to medication safety, including medication errors, adverse drug events, and adverse drug reactions. The talk also identifies the prevalence of medication errors, the outcomes and risk factors associated with medication errors in intensive care. After providing the context in which medication errors occur in intensive care, consideration is given to various interventions that have been shown to impact on reducing medication errors.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Define what is meant by medication safety, medication error, adverse drug event and adverse drug reaction.
  2. Describe key outcomes associated with medication errors in intensive care.
  3. Describe risk factors associated with medication errors in intensive care.
  4. Describe interventions that can be used to reduce medication errors in intensive care.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Professor Elizabeth Manias

Professor Elizabeth Manias is the Associate Head of School (Research) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at Deakin University, and is a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. She is a healthcare communication scientist, who has undertaken research in medication communication, medication safety and adherence, and risk management. Prof. Manias leads a programme of research examining the roles of interdisciplinary healthcare teams and collaboration on patient safety and quality. She also has conducted research on how health professional communication in different hospital environments impacts their perceptions of wellbeing. She has examined communication processes between health professionals in different contexts, including the needs of health professionals of different disciplines, with varying levels of experience, such as new graduates and senior clinicians. Her research has examined factors influencing the implementation of hospital-wide interventions to promote professionalism and to build a safety culture.

CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.