“In a small study of opioid prescriptions filled at a Johns Hopkins Medicine
researchers found that handwritten orders for the drugs contribute heavily
to a trio of prescribing and processing errors in
contrast to those created electronically.
The new quality
described in a report
published in the January/February issue of The Journal of Opioid Management, aimed to determine whether and how prescription processing methods
contribute to variations, inconsistencies and errors in opioid distribution.
“Mistakes can be made at any point in the prescribing, transcribing, processing, distribution, use and monitoring of opioids, but research has
rarely focused as we have on prescribing at the time of hospital discharge or on
prescribed for adults,” says Mark Bicket, M.D., assistant professor of
anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and the paper’s lead author.
Overall, the investigators
found that 92 percent of handwritten prescriptions
either failed to meet ideal practice standards,
contained such errors as the absence of at least two patient identifiers, or failed to comply with
federal opioid prescription rules.”
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