Study Examines EHR-Related Patient Safety Events, Including Medication Errors

January 2, 2013

Topics: Medication Errors

In a new study analyzing electronic health record (EHR)-related patient safety events, the majority of events involved medication errors. Medication errors accounted for 81% of the events analyzed for the report and included wrong -dose, -drug, -time, -patient, and -route errors, or omitted dose errors. Complications of procedures, treatments, or tests accounted for 13% of the errors. The study examined various causes such as human error, system capabilities, configuration of systems, and use of dual workflow (paper and EHR). The study “The Role of the Electronic Health Record in Patient Safety Events,” is available on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory Web site.