Impact of automated dispensing cabinets on medication selection and preparation error rates in an emergency department: a prospective and direct observational before-and-after study
Laura Fanning, Nick Jones, Elizabeth Manias
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice | WILEY | Published : 2016
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The implementation of automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) in healthcare facilities appears to be increasing, in particular within Australian hospital emergency departments (EDs). While the investment in ADCs is on the increase, no studies have specifically investigated the impacts of ADCs on medication selection and preparation error rates in EDs. Our aim was to assess the impact of ADCs on medication selection and preparation error rates in an ED of a tertiary teaching hospital. METHODS: Pre intervention and post intervention study involving direct observations of nurses completing medication selection and preparation activities before and after the implemen..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge and thank all the emergency department nurses who took part in the study, the pharmacy staff involved in the implementation of the automated dispensing cabinets and the Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine for providing independent review of the medication errors. Funding for the study was made available by the Pharmacy Department of the Hospital where the research was undertaken.