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OBJECTIVE Patients are at risk of harm from medication errors. Barcode medication administration (BCMA) systems are recommended to mitigate preventable adverse drug events (ADEs). Our hypothesis was that a BCMA system would reduce preventable ADEs by 45% in a neonatal intensive care unit. STUDY DESIGN We conducted a prospective, observational, cohort(More)
  • P W Abramowitz
  • 2001
All pharmacists must develop the skills necessary to establish caring professional relationships with patients and colleagues. An absence of such relationships makes it difficult to compete for resources, motivate staff, or provide the best care to patients. Getting to know the people you spend so much of your life with is not only logical but enriching.(More)
Paul W. abramoWitz, Pharm.D., FaShP, is Interim Hospital Associate Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, and Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Address correspondence to Dr. Abramowitz at the Department of Pharmaceutical Care,(More)
The development of indicators to identify ambulatory patients who might benefit from pharmacist monitoring is described. With the assistance of an eight-member panel of ambulatory-care pharmacists, six prognostic indicators were identified: (1) five or more medications in present drug regimen, (2) 12 or more medication doses per day, (3) medication regimen(More)
The effects of pharmaceutical care on medication cost and quality of care in a university-based family-practice clinic were studied. Prognostic indicators were used to target patients who should receive pharmaceutical care. Those patients who received care. Those patients who received pharmaceutical care over a 14-month period during 1988-89 were included(More)
PURPOSE The risk of adverse drug events (ADEs) in neonates treated with opioids and the effect of a bar-code-assisted medication administration (BCMA) system were studied. METHODS A prospective cohort study of neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was conducted. A BCMA system was operative for 50% of the study period. Structured medical record(More)
The financial impact of using cefamandole and cefoxitin rather than cefazolin and of using ticarcillin rather than carbenicillin in one institution was assessed; the effectiveness of clinical pharmacists in reducing the costs associated with these drugs also was determined. During Phase 1 (July 1, 1980-March 31, 1981), the numbers of intravenous piggyback(More)
PURPOSE The background and methods of an ongoing study to determine the effects of hospital pharmacists' enhanced communication with patients and their community providers are described. SUMMARY The Iowa Continuity of Care study is a randomized, prospective trial enrolling 1000 patients with selected medical conditions admitted to one large Midwest(More)