An Observational Study of the Impact of a Computerized Physician Order Entry System on the Rate of Medication Errors in an Orthopaedic Surgery Unit
In a teaching hospital in Paris, France, a before-after observational study was performed comparing the number of medication errors in prescribing, dispensing, and administration before and after the implementation of CPOE.
111 patients were observed the pre- CPOE implementation period while 86 patients were observed post- CPOE implementation period. The use of CPOE had a 92% decrease in prescribing errors and a 17.5% decrease in prescribing errors. There was no significant difference found in dispensing errors.
The implementation of CPOE reduced the amount of prescribing and administration errors.
This study has proven that usage of CPOE in an Orthopaedic Surgery Unit reduces the amount of medication errors, which will increase patient safety and quality of care.
- Hernandez, 2015. An Observational Study of the Impact of a Computerized Physician Order Entry System on the Rate of Medication Errors in an Orthopaedic Surgery Unit. http://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.ezproxyhost.library.tmc.edu/pubmed/26207363