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Safer medications with closed-loop delivery

  • Salman Naqvi, MD, MPH
  • 01/19/2016

At one of our client events, Atlantic General Hospital (Berlin, Maryland, U.S.A.) shared its success with Allscripts Sunrise™ Knowledge-Based Medication Administration to reduce adverse drug events.

The effort was all about improving patient safety and is deeply rooted in clinician experiences, such as this one shared by Vice President of Patient Care Colleen Wareing:

“I can remember to this day, standing in an ICU 37 years ago with a 15-year-old patient who had just delivered a baby. And I was mixing meds. I was tired, I was at the end of a 12-hour shift, and I was a very young nurse…As soon as I injected it into the IV, I knew it was wrong and wanted to take it back….It still creates a strong emotion in me 37 years later…Every nurse could tell a story like that….Fortunately the patient was okay, but it was frightening.”

She’s right; every nurse could tell a story like that. Even the most talented, compassionate, thorough caregivers need the right tools to help them deliver medication safely.

Reducing adverse drug events with closed-loop medication delivery

A 62-bed hospital in a resort area just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic General Hospital launched an initiative to improve medication delivery, featured in a recent case study.

Atlantic General Hospital gathered representatives from various disciplines – including nursing, physicians, pharmacy and information technology – to help reduce adverse drug events, focusing on the errors that touch the patient (National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention Categories C and D).

“We went around the country trying to find a compatible vendor that had a similar vision to ours, that had the tools that we need to improve our processes in the pharmacy and reduce our errors,” Director of Pharmacy James McGinnis said. “We selected Allscripts Sunrise, because of its full Knowledge-Based Medication Administration (KBMA), electronic medication reconciliation and CPOE capabilities.”

Sunrise helps clinicians improve medication delivery

Atlantic General Hospital has seen improvements in several areas since launching its patient safety initiative to reduce adverse drug events. For example, it reduced medication errors by 86% from 2012 to 2015, exceeding the original target of 75%. That means the average monthly total of 9.2 adverse drug events in 2012 dropped to 0.08 in 2015.

To learn more about Atlantic General Hospital’s success, download a free case study.

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About the author

Salman Naqvi, MD, MPH is the Director of Client Value and Outcomes program at Allscripts. He has been with the company for more than 10 years and has led various teams across Clinical Content, Sunrise Consulting and Implementation in Acute, Emergency, Ambulatory care areas in more than 35 hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States, Canada, and Asia Pacific; and managed various Optimization and Outcomes Improvement initiatives. Born and trained as a doctor in Pakistan, Dr. Naqvi served at a Presidential Task Force on Health Sector improvements in Pakistan and has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.

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