Medication errors continue to be a major concern in hospitals across the nation. At AMH we are working hard to decrease the likelihood that a medication error will occur. Our efforts include:
- Computerized physician order entry - Physicians enter their prescription and care orders into computers at less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals. Using computers at AMH eliminates potential problems and mistakes resulting from illegible physician handwriting.
- Computerized decision support - This helps doctors prescribe the right drugs for a patient's particular condition.
- Using smart IV pump technology - This ensures that our nursing staff provides our patients with the correct flow rate and dose for drugs provided by our physicians.
- Pharmacy review of all medication orders - By one of our trained pharmacists.
- Pharmacy-controlled anticoagulant management.
- A full-time Medication Safety Officer - Oversees our efforts.
- Computerized medical records - Allow doctors, pharmacists and nurses to instantly see drug histories (and entire medical histories) from prior admissions.