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School of Health and Medical Sciences Research Seminar: Dennis Walker

Factors Influencing Medication Errors in the Prehospital Paramedic Environment: A Mixed Method Systematic Review
25 MAY 2022
12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Medication errors represent a significant issue in terms of patient safety, and there is currently limited research available on medication errors in the pre-hospital environment. This systematic review sought to establish the unique context of medication errors and medication safety within the existing literature. The review methodology is atypical of systematic reviews, following the Joanna Briggs Institute Convergent Integrated Mixed Method approach. As literature on the topic of paramedic medication error is both limited and diverse in nature, the mixed method approach allowed aggregation and synthesis of outcomes from a wide variety of literature inclusive of both quantitative, qualitative sources. As the primary outcomes are qualitative, quantitative data must be converted to “qualitized” data for analysis. Analysis revealed seven major themes: organisational factors, equipment/medications, environmental factors, procedure-related factors, communication, patient-related factors and cognitive factors.

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