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J Med Syst. 2003 Dec;27(6):531-41.

Penetration of medication safety technology in community hospitals.

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Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. schumock@uic.edu

Abstract

Results of a survey of medication safety technology in community hospitals are presented. A written questionnaire was mailed to pharmacy directors at 88 hospitals located in 21 states. Items in the questionnaire addressed current and planned use of technology intended to improve medication safety. Fifty-six usable responses were received for a response rate of 63.6%. Medication safety was considered one of the most important issues facing pharmacy departments. Barriers identified by respondents to the implementation of medication safety initiatives included lack of time and personnel. Most hospitals had implemented one or more different types of medication safety technology. Computer-generated or electronic medication administration records, pharmacy computer systems interfaced with laboratory values, and unit-based medication dispensing cabinets were the most common medication safety technologies used. Pharmacy managers perceived these technologies to have resulted in a reduction in the rate of medication errors in respondent hospitals.

PMID:
14626478
DOI:
10.1023/a:1025933815295
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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