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Richard H. White, MD ; July-August 2005
An intern increases a patient's warfarin dosage nightly based on subtherapeutic INR levels drawn each morning; after several days, the patient develops potentially life-threatening bleeding.
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Nuckols TK, Bower AG, Paddock SM, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2008;23(suppl 1):41-45.
Adoption of smart infusion pump technology was intended to improve medication safety, but past reports describe the ability of nurses to create work-arounds. This study examined preventable intravenous adverse drug events (IV-ADEs) and discovered that only 4% could be intercepted by a smart pump. Investigators reviewed medical records, both before and after adoption of smart pumps, to draw these conclusions. They also provide a qualitative analysis of errors causing preventable IV-ADEs and propose solutions that would improve smart pump technology.