Errors can take almost any form and you can be quite creative in this respect. For example:
- You can introduce an error into the prescription, such as missing information or a dose problem.
- You can create a scenario where the prescription or medicine has expired.
- You can create a medication history for the patient that means the medicine on their current prescription will cause an interaction.
- There may be a potential interaction between the medicine on the prescription and something the patient is already taking, which can only be determined via patient fact finding or patient questions.
- You could create a situation where the patient’s medicine history leads the pharmacist to suspect that they are abusing their medication.
The above scenarios are just an example of the kind of challenges you can make for your students by enabling the errors feature in MyDispense.
Adding errors can add complexity to the design of your exercise, it is important to understand how the process works.
When you enable errors in an exercise you are giving your students the challenge of deciding whether or not they should dispense the prescribed medicine in the given circumstances. To facilitate this decision making, exercises with errors have three possible outcomes:
- The student should dispense the prescription
- The student should not dispense the prescription
- It is feasible to either dispense or not dispense the prescription at the student’s discretion.
If a student chooses not to dispense, then they are required to give reasons for this. At the handover point in the exercise, students are required to check an appropriate box and also provide some text that supports their decision.