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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2022. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.Children admitted to our hospital with cystic fibrosis had frequent medication errors due to polypharmacy and addition of specialist and high-risk medications despite an electronic prescribing and medicines administration system in place. We describe a multidisciplinary quality improvement project that combined a computerised order entry system (CPOE) with human factor process changes. Over 12 months, our run chart showed a 43% reduction in prescription errors. For medications prescribable via the CPOE, errors reaching the patient reduced from 50% to 29%. Electronic prescribing can be seen by clinicians as a fixed unalterable system contributing to rather than ameliorating errors. Improving safety requires whole team engagement and working closely with programmers to adapt function and influence human factors.
Author(s): Vittery ER, Bayliss E, Heed A, Fagan C, Thomas M, Tse Y
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition
Online publication date: 09/03/2022
Acceptance date: 11/02/2022
ISSN (print): 1743-0585
ISSN (electronic): 1743-0593
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
PubMed id: 35264442
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