Computer Systems Wouldn’t Have Helped in Texas NICU Overdose Case

16 Aug

Technology can offer a lot to help the quality of patient care but it can’t possibly provide oversight for all clinical safety activities.  After 17 babies got overdoses of the blood thinner heparin at a Texas hospital, a hospital-quality group pointed to the incident as one more reason to push for computerized systems for ordering drugs within hospitals but CPOE alone could not have helped in this instance.

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