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William W. Churchill, MS, RPh; Karen Fiumara, PharmD; April 2009
A powerful anti-clotting medication is ordered for a patient admitted for coronary intervention. Due to a forcing function in the computer order entry system, the intern enters an arbitrary maintenance infusion rate, assuming that the pharmacy will fix it if it is wrong. The pharmacy dispenses it as written, and the nurse administers it—underdosing the patient by a factor of 40.
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Information technology-based approaches to reducing repeat drug exposure in patients with known drug allergies.
Cresswell KM, Sheikh A. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;121:1112-1117.e7.
This article analyzes how technology such as barcoding, RFID (radiofrequency identification), and computerized alerts can prevent administration errors in patients with identified medication allergies.