Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127234
Title:
Towards safer use of opioids.
Authors:
Carson, R W R; Jacob, P; McQuillan, R
Affiliation:
Department of Palliative Care Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. raymondwcarson@hotmail.com
Citation:
Towards safer use of opioids. 2009, 102 (8):257-9 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Sep-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127234
PubMed ID:
19873867
Abstract:
The main aim of our work was to improve the safety of opioid use in our institution, an acute generalhospital with 620 beds. Initially, all reported opioid errors from 2001 - 2006 were audited. The findings directed a range of multidisciplinary staff educational inputs to improve opioid prescribing and administration practice, and encourage drug error reporting. 448 drug errors were reported, of which 54 (12%) involved opioids; of these, 43 (79%) involved codeine, morphine or oxycodone. 31 of the errors (57%) were associated with administration, followed by 12 (22%) with dispensing and 11 (20%) with prescribing. There were 2 reports of definite patient harm. A subsequent audit examined a 17-month period following the introduction of the above teaching: 17 errors were noted, of which 14 (83%) involved codeine, morphine or oxycodone. Again, drug administration was most error-prone, comprising 11 (65%) of reports. However, just 2 (12%) of the reported errors now involved prescribing, which was a reduction.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Analgesics, Opioid; Drug Toxicity; Humans; Medication Errors; Medication Systems, Hospital; Pain; Palliative Care; Patient Care; Physician's Practice Patterns; Retrospective Studies
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCarson, R W Ren
dc.contributor.authorJacob, Pen
dc.contributor.authorMcQuillan, Ren
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-05T14:43:18Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-05T14:43:18Z-
dc.date.issued2009-09-
dc.identifier.citationTowards safer use of opioids. 2009, 102 (8):257-9 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid19873867-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/127234-
dc.description.abstractThe main aim of our work was to improve the safety of opioid use in our institution, an acute generalhospital with 620 beds. Initially, all reported opioid errors from 2001 - 2006 were audited. The findings directed a range of multidisciplinary staff educational inputs to improve opioid prescribing and administration practice, and encourage drug error reporting. 448 drug errors were reported, of which 54 (12%) involved opioids; of these, 43 (79%) involved codeine, morphine or oxycodone. 31 of the errors (57%) were associated with administration, followed by 12 (22%) with dispensing and 11 (20%) with prescribing. There were 2 reports of definite patient harm. A subsequent audit examined a 17-month period following the introduction of the above teaching: 17 errors were noted, of which 14 (83%) involved codeine, morphine or oxycodone. Again, drug administration was most error-prone, comprising 11 (65%) of reports. However, just 2 (12%) of the reported errors now involved prescribing, which was a reduction.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAnalgesics, Opioid-
dc.subject.meshDrug Toxicity-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshMedication Errors-
dc.subject.meshMedication Systems, Hospital-
dc.subject.meshPain-
dc.subject.meshPalliative Care-
dc.subject.meshPatient Care-
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patterns-
dc.subject.meshRetrospective Studies-
dc.titleTowards safer use of opioids.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Palliative Care Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont, Dublin 9. raymondwcarson@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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