Electronic prescription writing errors in the pediatric emergency department

Review of prescriptions written in an academic, suburban, tertiary care pediatric emergency department. Sixteen percent of prescriptions had an error, but over 60% of these were considered insignificant. About 1 in 6 of the erroneous prescriptions had a significant error. Two of the 60 identified erroneous prescriptions were considered to be serious errors, where only one dose of albuterol was prescribed instead of a scheduled regimen. The majority of significant errors were found to be due to incorrect dosing, which suggests that users may not be using the decision support provided. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015;31:368-372.

Nelson 2015 (Link) | PubMed 25931343 | Author Search

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