Medication administration errors (MAEs) in hospital are frequent and significantly more likely to result in serious harm to patients than other medication error types. Many interventions have been proposed in order reduce MAEs and the amount of harm associated with these errors. A major limitation in assessing the effectiveness of these interventions has been the lack of robust measures for assessing changes in MAEs and associated harms. Drawing upon extensive foundational research we have developed a robust approach and data collection software to be applied in direct observational studies of nurses to allow measurement of changes in MAE rates. We report how this approach is being applied in a large stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of an electronic medication management system to reduce MAEs in a paediatric hospital.
|Title of host publication||Exploring complexity in health|
|Subtitle of host publication||an interdisciplinary systems approach|
|Editors||Alexander Hoerbst, Werner O. Hackl, Nicolette DeKeizer, Hands-Ulrich Prokosch, Mira Hercigonja-Szekeres, Simon De Lusignan|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) Conference at Conference on Health - Exploring Complexity (HEC) - An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach - Munich, Germany|
Duration: 28 Aug 2016 → 2 Sep 2016
|Name||Studies in Health Technology and Informatics|
|Conference||Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) Conference at Conference on Health - Exploring Complexity (HEC) - An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach|
|Period||28/08/16 → 2/09/16|
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- Medication administration errors
- electronic health records