Children's of Alabama Reduces Chemotherapy Medication Errors by 50%

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Children's of Alabama in Birmingham was able to cut chemotherapy medication errors in half by prospectively reviewing all orders at the time of submission, according to a study in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

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.

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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.

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