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The psychiatric department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore experienced an 87.7% decline in its rate of medication errors after implementing a computerized provider order entry system and an error reporting system, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. According to researchers, medication errors can be caused by: administrative mistakes, caregiver fatigue illegible handwriting and misinterpretation of orders.

In 2004, the 88-bed psychiatric department began using a Web-based program that allowed nurses and other staff to document medication errors at the point of care. In 2005, the unit implemented a CPOE system for ordering prescriptions. According to the study, the psychiatric unit reported:

  • 27.89 medication errors per 1,000 patient days in 2003;
  • 5.5 medication errors per 1,000 patient days in 2005; and
  • 3.43 errors per 1,000 patient days in 2007.

The report authors also noted that the CPOE and error reporting systems helped create a “culture of safety” in the psychiatric unit.

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