|Preventing Preventable Vaccine Administration Errors in Your Medical Setting
|Published June 2020
|It’s a dreaded scenario. Suddenly one of your staff members comes into your office and says, “We have a problem. We’ve given the wrong vaccine to one of our patients.” Or even worse, they might begin to describe errors with multiple vaccines and/or multiple patients. No one ever wants this scene to play out in their medical setting. So how do you prevent these preventable errors?
One way to prevent errors is to have everyone involved in vaccine administration in your healthcare setting review IAC’s educational handout, Don’t Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Administration. Some of the mistakes highlighted on this four-page handout have more serious consequences than others, but none of these preventable errors should occur.
This practical tool lists eleven preventable errors and, for each one, provides advice on:
As detailed on the handout, are any of these preventable errors occurring in your practice?
Your patients count on you to administer vaccines safely, effectively, and correctly. All of these errors can be prevented with forethought and perhaps additional staff training. So DO be guilty of correcting these potential problem areas in your medical setting. And remember, the old saying is true: prevention is indeed the best medicine – for both you and your patients.
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