Development and testing of an observational method for detecting medication administration errors using information technology

Johanna I. Westbrook, Amanda Woods

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Abstract

One-third of medication errors that cause patient harm arise from medication administration errors (MAEs). Research regarding rates of MAEs is limited and has predominantly relied upon voluntary incident reports or observational studies. Traditionally, observational studies have used paper-based data collection. This is time intensive and creates distraction from actual observation, limits the amount of information recorded and requires transcription of data. Incorporating the use of handheld computers for data collection in MAE studies provides an opportunity to overcome some of these limitations. Our objective was to develop and test an observational method which incorporated the use of data collection software on a personal digital assistant (PDA, a handheld computer) for use in observational studies to monitor MAEs within hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Health and Humans - Proceedings of NI2009
Subtitle of host publicationthe 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
EditorsKaija Saranto, Patricia Flatley Brennan, Hyeoun-Ae Park, Marianne Tallberg, Anneli Ensio
Place of PublicationHelsinki, Finland
PublisherIOS Press
Pages429-433
Number of pages5
Volume146
ISBN (Electronic)9781607500247
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 28 Jun 20091 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)0926-9630

Other

Other10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period28/06/091/07/09

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