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Elimination of emergency department medication errors due to estimated weights.

Greenwalt M, Griffen D, Wilkerson J. Elimination of Emergency Department Medication Errors Due To Estimated Weights. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2017;6(1). doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u214416.w5476.

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May 24, 2017
Greenwalt M, Griffen D, Wilkerson J. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2017;6.

Inaccurate assessments of patient weight can lead to medication dosing errors. This commentary describes how a single-center quality improvement project drew from errors in the emergency department associated with incorrect patient weight estimates and applied storytelling, Lean Six Sigma, and Fishbone diagram approaches to develop and test a method of entering weights that eliminated these errors during the 6-month intervention period.

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Greenwalt M, Griffen D, Wilkerson J. Elimination of Emergency Department Medication Errors Due To Estimated Weights. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2017;6(1). doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u214416.w5476.