Fidela S j Blank

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STUDY OBJECTIVE We describe errors occurring in a busy ED. METHODS This is a prospective, observational study of reported errors at an academic emergency department (ED) with 100000 annual visits. Trained personnel interviewed all ED staff with direct patient contact, during and at the end of every shift, by using standardized data sheets. RESULTS One(More)
This prospective study compares the agreement of nonenhanced helical computed tomography (NECT) with oral contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) in Emergency Department (ED) patients presenting with acute abdominal pain. One hundred eighteen patients presenting to the ED with acute abdominal pain undergoing CT were enrolled over a 13-month period(More)
Using observation, eye tracking, and clinical simulation with embedded errors, we studied the impact of bar-code verification on error identification and recovery during medication administration. Data supported that bar-code verification may reduce but does not eliminate patient identification (ID) and medication errors during clinical simulation of(More)
The aim of the study was to assess various time intervals during patient encounters involving unenhanced (NECT) versus oral-contrast-enhanced (CECT) abdominopelvic (A/P) CT performed in the emergency department (ED) on adult patients presenting with acute abdominal pain. Computerized patient order entry and administrative data as well as scans themselves(More)
INTRODUCTION Emergency department (ED) overcrowding has been a significant problem for the last 10 years. Several studies have shown that a relatively small number of ED patients are responsible for a disproportionate amount of ED visits. This study aims to describe the frequent users of our emergency department. METHODS This was an institutional review(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how nurses recover medical errors in the emergency department (ED) setting. METHODS The research method was of exploratory descriptive design with qualitative analysis. Subjects who signed the informed consent participated in one of four focus groups centering on nurse's role in recovering errors.(More)
BACKGROUND Medical errors are common in intensive care units. Nurses are uniquely positioned to identify, interrupt, and correct medical errors and to minimize preventable adverse outcomes. Nurses are increasingly recognized as playing a role in reducing medical errors, but only recently have their error-recovery strategies been described. OBJECTIVES To(More)
INTRODUCTION Medication error is the most frequently reported error in the emergency department. Nationally, 36% of medication errors occur in the administration phase. The purpose of this study is to reduce medication administration errors in the emergency department by reinforcing basic medication administration procedures. METHODS This study examined a(More)
AIM This paper presents an evaluation of the Eindhoven Classification Model for categorizing healthcare errors. BACKGROUND The ability to decrease healthcare errors will depend on an understanding of the types and patterns of error that occur in various settings. Research addressing the systematic classification of error is in its infancy. METHODS The(More)