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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Newspaper/Magazine Article

During the pandemic, aspire to identify and prevent medication errors and to avoid blaming attitudes.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute care edition. August 27, 2020;25(17).

The culture of blame is acerbated by stress, production pressure, and a negative work environment. This article discusses how medication errors that take place during the care of patients with COVID-19 are not being reported by nurses due to lack of time and psychological safety. Recommendations to avoid this situation include heightening prevention efforts by employing tactics such as deployment of huddles and use of pre-mixed medication solutions.