Mitigating Medication Errors

Ensuring patient safety is the heart of healthcare treatment.

In an article published in the Journal of American Informatics Association, informaticians discuss the development of a medication administration error (MAE) system to evaluate and identify medication errors at a neonatal intensive care unit. The real-time MAE system was tested to detect 10 high-risk medications and fluids for babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit during a four-month period.

What did they discover? The automated system showed improved results for identifying MAEs, which can help mitigate and reduce potential harm.

Why informatics? So, we can better detect medication errors before any harm is caused to our babies.