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    Automation helps hospital greatly reduce parenteral nutrition errors

     

    While 9.1% of errors may have contributed to patient harm, the events fell in the “temporary harm” category. “By addressing those components, we reduced the error rate to nearly zero, leaving drug administration as the only remaining task where errors may occur,” MacKay said.

    In addition to a significant reduction in errors, the average savings were $137,629 per year or $963,403 over seven years, thanks to decreased waste elimination and direct formulary control, according to ASHP Intersections.

    While the electronic ordering system, as well as the multidisciplinary team played a role in the success of the program, “the impact of continuation came when the hospital allowed for the development of a nutrition support team to oversee the program and maintain the daily continuation and compliance of the program,” MacKay said.

    Christine Blank
    Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.

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