Narrow Results Clear All
Search results for "Identification Errors"
Journal Article > Study
Development and implementation of a subcutaneous insulin pen label bar code scanning protocol to prevent wrong-patient insulin pen errors.
MacMaster HW, Gonzalez S, Maruoka A, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019;45:380-386.
Insulin is a widely used high-risk medication. This quality improvement intervention employed barcode medication administration and a standardized electronic health record–integrated workflow to successfully reduce wrong-patient insulin pen errors. The authors call for widespread implementation of medication safety improvements into electronic health records.
Journal Article > Study
Gibbs HG, McLernon T, Call R, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2017;74:2054-2059.
This quality improvement intervention sought to decrease wrong-patient errors with insulin pens by storing them in locked boxes in patient rooms. Four hospital units had a formal policy change for insulin pen storage, and four units provided education to nurses about insulin pen storage. Researchers found that the policy change was more effective than education in spurring adherence to in-room insulin pen storage guidelines.
A crack in our best armor: "wrong patient" injections from insulin pens alarmingly frequent even with barcode scanning.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. October 23, 2014;19:1-5.
Improper insulin pen use is a persistent problem. This newsletter article reveals the lessons learned from one hospital that implemented best practices including robust education, bar-code scanning, bedside electronic medication administration records, and alerts to prevent incorrect administration but continued to experience errors related to insulin pen use.
Journal Article > Commentary
McDonald CJ. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:510-516.
This case study shares the events of a near miss when a patient almost received a fatal dose of insulin in response to another patient's reported hyperglycemia. Ironically, the root cause of the problem involved a new bar-coding system to prevent errors in patient identification. The authors discuss the case in detail and advise caution in the implementation of new technology (eg, computerized provider order entry), which may solve safety issues but create the opportunity for others. This article is part of a special collection entitled "Quality Grand Rounds," a series of articles published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that explores a range of quality issues and medical errors.