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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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The effect of an electronic SBAR communication tool on documentation of acute events in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Panesar RS, Albert B, Messina C, Parker M. Am J Med Qual. 2016;31:64-68.
Use of a structured communication tool within an electronic medical record resulted in increased high-quality communication between nurses and physicians around critical patient events.
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Lo HY, Mullan PC, Lye C, Gordon M, Patel B, Vachani J. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2016;5:u212920.w5661.
Patient handoffs are vulnerable to errors of omission. This quality improvement project designed and implemented a checklist as a way to standardize the process of pediatric handoffs. The program found the tool to be effective in uncovering problems and physicians felt the checklist supported situational awareness and patient safety.