The results of a new study that specifically focused on registered nurses found that the most common types of drugs associated with medication errors by registered nurses, were cardiovascular drugs.
The study which is due to be published soon in the journal Applied Nursing Research, found that among the cardiovascular drugs analyzed in the study, most of the medication errors involved anticoagulants. While approximately 22.7% of medication errors involved cardiovascular drugs, 11.3% of those errors were associated with anticoagulants.
In the study, the researchers found antimicrobial drugs accounted for approximately 19.1% of the errors, while electrolytes accounted for about 11% of the errors, and both endocrine drugs and analgesics accounted for 8.8% of the errors recorded. Among the antimicrobial drugs, vancomycin was most susceptible to medical error, with an error rate of 6.1%. Among the cardiovascular drugs most susceptible to medication errors were heparin, warfarin, and enoxaparin.