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Lilly UK Critical Care Award 2007
Design, implementation and evaluation of a new drug chart in the ITU/HDU of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin
P. Ging*, M. McGuirk*, C. Meegan*, B. Marsh°
*Pharmacy Department and °Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH), Dublin
Monitoring and analysis of adverse events in order to develop strategies for their prevention is a health service priority . Transcription errors arising from re-writing inpatient drug charts have been recognised as a major factor contributing to medication errors. The precise impact is unknown but increasing the frequency of transcription appears to increase the rate of errors . A 24-h flow chart has been used for prescribing and documenting medication administration in the ITU/HDU MMUH for many years. A preliminary study by the pharmacist demonstrated that prescribing and administration errors were being caused by the daily rewriting of...