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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
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 6, 2006
Last Update Posted : December 28, 2007
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University Hospital, Ghent

Brief Summary:

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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Medication Errors Patient Safety Device: computerized physician order entry Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 160 participants
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.
Study Start Date : March 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2004



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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 :
  1. Description of MPEs in both units at completion of the study.


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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

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