Elimination of emergency department medication errors due to estimated weights.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.