Ward 8E is a rehabilitation unit with 25 beds. In order to encourage independence all patients eat their breakfast in a communal dining area. The very small medication room is situated at the other end of the ward and is approximately 30 metres from the dining area – all patient medications are kept here. The ward will be introducing an electronic drug chart next year, but currently paper based charts are still used and are kept at the end of each patient’s bed. Patients are dispensed their morning medications while they eat breakfast in the dining room.
Describe how medication errors may occur from this arrangement. 2022 latest answers