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Impact of Computerized Physician Order Entry on Medication Prescription Errors in the Intensive Care Unit: a Controlled Cross-Sectional Trial.

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00287274
First Posted: February 6, 2006
Last Update Posted: December 28, 2007
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Information provided by:
University Hospital, Ghent
  Purpose

Device: computerized physician order entry.

We wanted to investigate if the introduction of a computerized intensive care unit system reduced the incidence and severity of medication prescription errors (MPEs). A prospective trial was conducted during 5 weeks in a paper-based unit versus a computerized unit. The registration of different classes of MPEs was done by a clinical pharmacist. An independent panel evaluated the severity of MPEs.


Condition Intervention
Medication Errors Patient Safety Device: computerized physician order entry

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Impact of Computerized Physician Order Entry on Medication Prescription Errors in the Intensive Care Unit: a Controlled Cross-Sectional Trial.

Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Ghent:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To compare the the incidence and severity of medication prescription errors between a CPOE unit and a paper-based unit at completion of the study.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Description of MPEs in both units at completion of the study.

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: March 2004
Study Completion Date: April 2004
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Adult Patients admitted to other units
  • Pediatric patients
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00287274


Locations
Belgium
University Hospital Ghent
Ghent, Belgium, 9000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Ghent
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kirsten Colpaert, MD University Hospital, Ghent
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00287274     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004/002
First Submitted: February 2, 2006
First Posted: February 6, 2006
Last Update Posted: December 28, 2007
Last Verified: December 2007