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Analysis of Quickly Stopped Rx Orders Provides New Tool for Reducing Medical Errors

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:07am

Penn Study Shows 66% of Medication Orders Stopped Within 45 Minutes are Bad Orders.

By studying medication orders that are withdrawn (“discontinued”) by physicians within 45 minutes of their origination, researchers at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have demonstrated a systematic and efficient method of identifying prescribing errors. The method, they say, has value to screen for medication errors and as a teaching tool for physicians and physicians-in-training. The report is published in the July/August 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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