Serious Medication Errors in Pediatrics: Evaluation of Prevention Strategies

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2010 by Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Patient Safety Foundation
Boston Children’s Hospital
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First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: May 3, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
The purpose of this study is to determine how effective ward-based clinical pharmacists and computerized physician order entry systems are in reducing serious medication errors in pediatric inpatients.

Condition Intervention
Medication Errors
Device: computerized physician order entry

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Serious Medication Errors in Pediatrics: Evaluation of Prevention Strategies

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Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • serious medication errors

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: February 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
This is a prospective cohort study at Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), before and after the introduction of two distinct interventions. The first intervention at Children's Hospital was the introduction of clinical pharmacists on inpatient pediatric wards to target errors at the stages of physician ordering and nurse transcription. The second intervention is technological: the introduction of physician computer order entry at the BWH neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This intervention will most effectively target errors at the stage of physician ordering, and secondarily address errors at the stage of pharmacy dispensing and nurse transcription. Data on serious medication errors will be collected pre and post each intervention.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients in the BWH NICU in the study pods during the study period

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients in other units, non-study pods, or outside of the study period
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00153205

United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02120
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
National Patient Safety Foundation
Boston Children’s Hospital
Principal Investigator: Rainu Kaushal BWH
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rainu Kaushal, Brigham & Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT00153205     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-P-000322/1; BWH 
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: May 3, 2010

Keywords provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:
medication errors
medical records systems, computerized
patient safety processed this record on January 19, 2017