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Journal Article > Study
Vasileff HM, Whitten LE, Pink JA, Goldsworthy SJ, Angley MT. Pharm World Sci. 2009;31:373-379.
Pharmacist-led medication reconciliation in the emergency department was associated with a significantly reduced rate of medication errors compared with usual care.
Journal Article > Review
Manias E, Kinney S, Cranswick N, Williams A, Borrott N. Ann Pharmacother. 2014;48:1313-1331.
Children in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. This systematic review sought to identify strategies for reducing errors in pediatric ICUs, but found that the published evidence was rather limited in quality and scope. Some of the most promising interventions thus far include smart pumps and computerized provider order entry with decision support.
Journal Article > Commentary
Recommendations and low-technology safety solutions following neuromuscular blocking agent incidents.
Graudins LV, Downey G, Bui T, Dooley MJ. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016;42:86-95.
Administration errors involving high-alert medications have the potential to cause serious patient harm. This commentary discusses one hospital's effort to reduce errors associated with neuromuscular blocking agents. The authors used root cause analysis to identify weaknesses in labeling, storage, and packaging methods, and implemented guidelines to reduce risk of errors involving such medications.