Serious Medication Errors in Pediatrics: Evaluation of Prevention Strategies

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Mass General Brigham

Status

Withdrawn

Conditions

Medication Errors

Treatments

Behavioral: computerized physician order entry

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00153205
2005-P-000322/1 BWH;

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to determine how effective ward-based clinical pharmacists and computerized physician order entry systems are in reducing serious medication errors in pediatric inpatients.

Full description

This is a prospective cohort study at Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), before and after the introduction of two distinct interventions. The first intervention at Children's Hospital was the introduction of clinical pharmacists on inpatient pediatric wards to target errors at the stages of physician ordering and nurse transcription. The second intervention is technological: the introduction of physician computer order entry at the BWH neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This intervention will most effectively target errors at the stage of physician ordering, and secondarily address errors at the stage of pharmacy dispensing and nurse transcription. Data on serious medication errors will be collected pre and post each intervention.

Sex

All

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Patients in the BWH NICU in the study pods during the study period

Exclusion criteria

Patients in other units, non-study pods, or outside of the study period

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

0 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Introduction of A Clinical Pharmacist
Placebo Comparator group
Treatment:
Behavioral: computerized physician order entry
Technological
Experimental group
Treatment:
Behavioral: computerized physician order entry

Trial contacts and locations

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