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Evaluation of medication-related clinical decision support alert overrides in the intensive care unit.

Wong A, Amato MG, Seger DL, et al. Evaluation of medication-related clinical decision support alert overrides in the intensive care unit. J Crit Care. 2017;39:156-161. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.02.027.

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May 10, 2017
Wong A, Amato MG, Seger DL, et al. J Crit Care. 2017;39:156-161.

This retrospective study reviewed more than 47,000 overridden medication alerts and found that the vast majority of overrides were clinically appropriate and did not cause harm. From this sample, 7 adverse drug events were identified, and these events were more likely when the alerts were overridden in error. This study demonstrates the challenge of identifying clinically important alerts in a setting where alert fatigue is common.