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March 8, 2000

Preventing Medication Errors in the Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(10):1287-1289. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1287

To the Editor: The report by Dr Leape and colleagues1 is welcome recognition of the value of pharmacists as members of the health care team during rounds in ICUs. The prevention of ADEs, however, is only a small part of the overall benefit provided by pharmacists on rounds. To examine pharmacists' interventions in a well-established clinical pharmacy practice, a project was carried out at The Women's Hospital of Greensboro, NC, in the level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The project categorized the type of interventions pharmacists performed as well as the outcome of those interventions and recorded activities from June 1, 1996, through September 15, 1996.

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