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Association between workarounds and medication administration errors in bar-code-assisted medication administration in hospitals.
van der Veen W, van den Bemt PMLA, Wouters H, et al; BCMA Study Group. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018;25:385-392.
Workarounds occur frequently in health care and can compromise patient safety. In this prospective study, researchers observed 5793 medication administrations to 1230 inpatients in Dutch hospitals using barcode-assisted medication administration (BCMA). Workarounds occurred in about two-thirds of medication administrations. They found a significant association between workarounds and medication administration errors. The most frequently observed medication administration errors included omissions, administration of drugs not actually ordered, and dosing errors. The authors suggest that BMCA merits further evaluation to ensure that implementation of this technology promotes safety effectively. A past PSNet perspective discussed workarounds on the front line of health care.
Journal Article > Review
Maaskant JM, Vermeulen H, Apampa B, et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;3:CD006208.
Exploring the literature on efforts to reduce medication errors in hospitalized children, this systematic review examined five interventions, including introduction of computerized provider order entry systems, clinical pharmacist participation in the frontline care team, and implementation of barcode medication administration systems. Although the interventions showed some success, none of the studies found a significant reduction in patient harm.
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Electromagnetic interference from radio frequency identification inducing potentially hazardous incidents in critical care medical equipment.
van der Togt R, van Lieshout EJ, Hensbroek R, et al. JAMA. 2008;299:2884-2890.
Radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly being used in health care to improve patient safety. Proposed uses include prevention of medication errors and identification of retained surgical instruments. However, this study found that RFID equipment interfered with critical care monitoring equipment, causing serious problems such as stoppage of kidney dialysis machines.