Medication Safety: Using Automated Heparin Protocols and CPOE to Reduce Errors

Medication Safety

Using Automated Heparin Protocols and CPOE to Reduce Errors

When the Joint Commission adopted a National Patient Safety Goal requiring hospitals to reduce the likelihood of patient harm from the use of anticoagulants, St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, swiftly mobilized and seized the opportunity to improve patient care. In fall 2007, the 329-bed hospital collected and analyzed data on anticoagulant medication occurrences over the preceding 2 years.

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Medication Reconciliation: A Survey of Community Pharmacies and Emergency Departments

Medication Reconciliation: A Survey of Community Pharmacies and Emergency Departments

 

In any given week, 4 out of every 5 U.S. adults will use prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, or dietary supplements. Poor communication of a patient’s medication-use history between community practitioners and emergency department personnel contributes to many adverse drug events and can be a potential source of harm to patients.

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