A systems approach to medication error reduction

J Nurs Care Qual. 2000 Apr;14(3):13-27. doi: 10.1097/00001786-200004000-00003.


An interdisciplinary process for the reduction of medication errors was implemented at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The Medication Administration Review and Safety Committee expanded the error reporting system with a comprehensive concurrent chart review process. Safe administration of medications through a systems approach has led to a reduction of documentation deficiencies, a new follow-up process, and an increase in reported errors.

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems*
  • Algorithms
  • Hospitals, Community / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Louisiana
  • Medical Audit*
  • Medical Records
  • Medication Errors / nursing
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Systems Analysis