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Serious Medication Errors in Pediatrics: Evaluation of Prevention Strategies

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00153205
First Posted: September 12, 2005
Last Update Posted: February 16, 2017
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Collaborators:
National Patient Safety Foundation
Boston Children’s Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rainu Kaushal, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  Purpose
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 Behavioral: computerized physician order entry

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (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 Rainu Kaushal, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • serious medication errors

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: February 2000
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Primary Completion Date: May 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Introduction of A Clinical Pharmacist Behavioral: computerized physician order entry
Experimental: Technological Behavioral: computerized physician order entry

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.
  Eligibility

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

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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00153205


Locations
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
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rainu Kaushal BWH
  More Information

Responsible Party: Rainu Kaushal, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00153205     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-P-000322/1; BWH
First Submitted: September 8, 2005
First Posted: September 12, 2005
Last Update Posted: February 16, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Keywords provided by Rainu Kaushal, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital:
medication errors
medical records systems, computerized
patient safety