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Table 5. Results of computer alert system for detection of medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Reducing and Preventing Adverse Drug Events To Decrease Hospital Costs

Alert type: Detection of prescription error
Total alerts: 803
True-positive alerts: 490
Unrecognized by physician prior to alert: 238 (49%)

Alert type: Early detection of ADE
Total alerts: 313
True-positive alerts: 106
Unrecognized by physician prior to alert: 27 (25%)

Note: A true-positive alert was defined as one in which the physician wrote orders consistent with the alert recommendation after alert notification.

Source: Raschke RA, Collihare B, Wunderlich TA, et al. A computer alert system to prevent injury from adverse drug events. JAMA 1998;280(15):1317-20.

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Current as of March 2001
Internet Citation: Table 5. Results of computer alert system for detection of medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center: Reducing and Preventing Adverse Drug Events To Decrease Hospital Costs. March 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/errors-safety/aderia/table5.html