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Quality Management in Health Care

September 2012, Volume 21 Number 3 , p 119 - 126


  • Hayfa H. Almutary BN, RN, MN
  • Peter A. Lewis BN, Cert CC, MN Ed, PhD


Reporting of medication administration errors (MAEs) is one means by which health care facilities monitor their practice in an attempt to maintain the safest patient environment. This study examined the likelihood of registered nurses (RNs) reporting MAEs when working in Saudi Arabia. It also attempted to identify potential barriers in the reporting of MAE. This study found that 63% of RNs raised concerns about reporting of MAEs in Saudi Arabia—nursing administration was the largest impediment affecting nursesʼ willingness to report MAEs. Changing attitude to a non-blame system and implementation of anonymous reporting systems may encourage a greater reporting of MAEs.

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