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Title Impact of computerized orders for pediatric continuous drug infusions on detecting infusion pump programming errors: a simulated study.
Author(s) Sowan AK, Gaffoor MI, Soeken K, Johantgen ME, Vaidya VU
Source J Pediatr Nurs, Vol. 25, No. 2, Pages 108-118
Publication Date April 2010
Abstract Continuous infusion medications are associated with fatal adverse events in pediatric intensive care units. The effect of computerized orders on detecting infusion pumps programming errors has never been studied. Using a crossover design, we examined the effect of using computerized orders for continuous infusions as compared with that of using handwritten orders on nurse ability to detect infusion pump programming errors, time required to verify pump settings, and user satisfaction. The computerized orders saved nurses time but did not improve their ability to detect infusion pumps programming errors. Nurses preferred computerized orders. High error rate was related to manual calculations and inconsistent use of computerized orders.

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