Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9

Ideas That Work: Reduce Medication Errors With "Red Zone" Reminders

preparing medications BOLD REMINDER Signs remind staff not to distract those who are preparing medications.

Reduce Medication Errors With "Red Zone" Reminders

The medication room should always be considered a "red zone," and we make that abundantly clear at our facility. Putting up signage indicating the significance of this zone (pictured), or having a red line on the floor demarcating the zone, is an effective way of eliminating the distractions that can contribute to medication errors. No one is allowed to speak to any individual within the zone — you may also place a red zone around your medication dispensing system — so the individual can focus solely on the task at hand: preparing medication.

Kelly Fitzpatrick, BSN, MBA
Garden City (N.Y.) SurgiCenter

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