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Shareen El-Ibiary, PharmD, BCPS; November 2008
A pregnant woman with asthma was admitted to the hospital with respiratory distress. Although the emergency department providers noted that she was pregnant, this information was not conveyed to the floor. On admission, the patient was given an antibiotic that could have been dangerous.
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Raebel MA, Carroll NM, Kelleher JA, Chester EA, Berga S, Magid DJ. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2007;14:440-450.
The researchers tested the effectiveness of computerized decision support to minimize the use of contraindicated medicines in pregnant patients and found that it improved prescribing safety.
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Provost C, Gray M. Nurs Womens Health. 2007;11:407-410.
The authors describe how their institution implemented a decision support system, discuss the barriers they encountered, and highlight the safety performance improvements that resulted from the use of the system.