Medication safety in emergency medical services: approaching an evidence-based method of verification to reduce errors

dc.contributor.authorMisasi, Paul
dc.contributor.authorKeebler, Joseph R.
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-15T19:50:28Z
dc.date.available2019-02-15T19:50:28Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-21
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dc.description.abstractLack of verification is often cited as a root cause of medication errors; however, medication errors occur in spite of conventional verification practices and it appears that human factors engineering (HFE) can inform the design of a more effective method. To this end, an HFE-driven process was designed and implemented in an urban, Midwestern emergency medical service agency. Medication error data were collected over a 54-month period, 27 months before and after implementation. A decrease in the average monthly error rate was realized for all medications administered (49.0%) during the post-intervention time period. The average monthly error rate for fentanyl, a commonly administered analgesic, demonstrated a 71.1% error rate decrease. This study is the first to evaluate the effectiveness of a team-based cross-check process for medication verification to prevent errors in the prehospital setting.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded in part by the Wichita State University President Bardo undergraduate research grant.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMisasi, P., & Keebler, J. R. (2019). Medication safety in emergency medical services: approaching an evidence-based method of verification to reduce errors. Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, vol. 10en_US
dc.identifier.issn2042-0986
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1177/2042098618821916
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/15818
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSAGEen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTherapeutic Advances in Drug Safety;v.10
dc.rights.holder© 2019, © SAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectEmergency medical servicesen_US
dc.subjectVerificationen_US
dc.subjectMedication errorsen_US
dc.subjectCross-checken_US
dc.titleMedication safety in emergency medical services: approaching an evidence-based method of verification to reduce errorsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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