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Journal Article > Commentary
Mark SM, Weber RJ. Hosp Pharm. 2007;42:249–254.
Building on part one of this series, the authors discuss targeting and prioritizing improvement efforts in medication safety programs and share an example of a successful program.
Journal Article > Study
Full implementation of computerized physician order entry and medication-related quality outcomes: a study of 3364 hospitals.
Yu FB, Menachemi N, Berner ES, Allison JJ, Weissman NW, Houston TK. Am J Med Qual. 2009;24:278-286.
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) continues to be hailed as a solution for medication-related errors and quality measures. However, concerns remain about the barriers to adoption and the unintended consequences that result after implementation. This study compared quality of care measures for hospitals with and without CPOE systems. The 264 hospitals with CPOE systems tended to be larger, not-for-profit, and teaching oriented. Investigators found that CPOE-driven hospitals performed better on 5 of 11 measures related to medication ordering and on 1 of 9 non–medication-related quality measures. The authors conclude that their findings build on past single-center CPOE implementation success stories and provide a more generalized link between CPOE and improved outcomes.
Journal Article > Study
Kazandjian VA, Ogunbo S, Wicker KG, Vaida AJ, Pipesh F. Qual Saf Health Care. 2009;18:331-335.
Use of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Self-Assessment for Hospitals initiative resulted in improved medication safety in Maryland hospitals.
Tools/Toolkit > Measurement Tool/Indicator
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; April 2011.
This tool provides hospitals with a team-based process to evaluate medication practices in their facilities. The data submission process is now closed, but the survey is still available for in-house use.
Tools/Toolkit > Toolkit
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2018.
Standardized practices have not been uniformly adopted to support safe IV medication therapy. This risk assessment tool will help organizations proactively identify process weaknesses that could contribute to patient harm. Users of the guide can also contribute to a national effort to collect data on current IV push practices. The data collection process is now closed.