Safety Science Principles for Administration of Oxytocin and Magnesium Sulfate in Labor & Delivery Units
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices has listed Oxytocin and Magnesium sulfate as high-alert medications causing significant harm to patients when used in error. Since these medications are frequently used in Labor & Delivery (L&D) units, safe administration to prevent medication errors is necessary for these units. As a part of the Safety Program for Perinatal Care (SPPC) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), several L&D units opted for implementing safety science principles for the safe administration of oxytocin and magnesium sulfate. The research team led by Kayla B Gray has published a qualitative research article in the Research on Women’s Health Journal, which describes the experiences of 25 L&D units, which have opted to implement the safety science principles for the safe administration of these medications.