Medication labels from the perspective of Brazilian health professionals: difficulties, level of satisfaction, and proposed improvements

Authors

  • Cassia G. MORAES
  • Tatiane S. DAL PIZZOL
  • Maicon FALAVIGNA
  • Lisana R. SIRTORI
  • Fernanda CRUZ
  • Guilherme WEBSTER
  • Emilia S. PONS

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30968/rbfhss.2022.134.0875

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate health professionals’ perceptions of medication error situations associated with labeling. Methods: Crosssectional study of 1056 nurse technicians, nurses, and pharmacists interviewed in 10 Brazilian capital cities. We assessed participants’ perceptions of difficulty in differentiating or seeing information on labels, likelihood of a medication error to occur, and frequency of medication errors, including: 1) look-alike vials or labels; 2) two packages of the same medicine but of different doses; 3) ampoule labels; 4) blister pack labels; and 5) labels printed on secondary packages. Results: Most participants reported it difficult or very difficult to differentiate between look-alike vials (82.4%) and between different doses of the same medicine (82.5%). Identifying importante information on ampoules, blister packs, and secondary packages was considered difficult or very difficult by 89.9%, 64.4%, and 48.9% of participants, respectively. Approximately half of the participants reported that an error was most likely to occur in situations involving difficulty in seeing the information on an ampoule, look-alike labels, and packages of the same medicine but of different doses. Conclusion: Difficulty in at least one of the situations involving the identification or differentiation of medication labels is common among health professionals, leading to a greater likelihood of medication errors.

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2022-12-27

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MORAES CG, DAL PIZZOL TS, FALAVIGNA M, SIRTORI LR, CRUZ F, WEBSTER G, PONS ES. Medication labels from the perspective of Brazilian health professionals: difficulties, level of satisfaction, and proposed improvements. Rev Bras Farm Hosp Serv Saude [Internet]. 2022Dec.27 [cited 2023Feb.8];13(4):875. Available from: https://rbfhss.org.br/sbrafh/article/view/875

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