Children's of Alabama Reduces Chemotherapy Medication Errors by 50%
During the study period (2008-2011), more than 20,000 chemotherapy orders were reviewed by multiple staff members, and error rates were calculated by number of patient encounters and chemotherapy doses dispensed.
By the end of the study, error rates had dropped from 6 per 1,000 patient encounters to 3 per 1,000 patient encounters. The study also found that 92 percent of errors were intercepted before reaching the patient, and no error during the study caused identified patient harm.
More Articles on Medical Errors:11 Strategies to Prevent Patient Harm Due to Medical Device Alarm Errors
Brigham and Women's Hospital Publishes Medical Errors to Drive Improvement
Study: Medication Errors Associated With Increased Workload, Stress
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2015. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
New From Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality