This monthly commentary examines risks associated with mismanagement of IV tubing and ports, discusses a recent article regarding unintended consequences of computerized provider order entry (CPOE), and details recent changes to similarly named medications.
Fanikos J, Cina JL, Baroletti S, et al. Am J Cardiol. 2007;100:1465-9.
This study noted two adverse drug events (ADEs) per 100 patient admissions in hospitalized cardiac patients. Preventable ADEs most frequently occurred during medication administration, and cardiovascular agents and anticoagulants were the most common drug classes involved. Interestingly, the most preventable ADEs occurred between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM, during handoffs between nurses at shift change. The authors advocate for prevention strategies around medication administration and nursing shift changes to reduce the potential for errors.
Skibinski KA, White BA, Lin LI-K, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2007;64:90-6.
The authors implemented technologies supporting safe medication use and observed improved patient identification, decreased turnaround time for orders, and increased accuracy of medication administration.
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