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Quen VanDermay-Kirkham

Mentor Department

Health Sciences


Medication safety practices are a huge initiative in today’s healthcare system. With the integration of electronic entry and tracking systems, there has been a great improvement in medication administration and reconciliation leading to improved patient outcomes and a decrease in adverse events. The use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems helps bring attention to drug-drug interactions and correct doses for each individual patient and their needs. The purpose of this study is to track the compliance of Illinois hospitals with their use of medication safety decision support systems, based on a scoring from the LeapFrog Group hospital safety ratings. The team came up with four quality standards to test for, then collected samples from ten hospitals throughout Illinois. The four quality standards tested include safe medication administration, safe medication ordering, medication reconciliation, and medication documentation for elective outpatient surgery patients. The quality standards tested for each hospital resulted in a score between one (limited achievement) and four (full achievement) for each category standard. After looking at the data, the percentage of facilities that met the benchmark of 3 or higher was found. The findings show both an individual score in each category along with an overall average score on the hospitals reviewed. The team then went on to suggest changes and additions to each facility to be made, based on their compliance with the benchmark standards, that could further improve their medication safety practices. Results from outside studies show that implementing electronic medication support significantly decreases occurrence and severity of errors impacting patient safety. The hospitals that failed to meet the standard score of 3 were offered recommendations to improve operations, based on evidence of computer assisted decision support reducing adverse events in patients.

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