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The Staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center are committed to reducing the number of adverse drug events (ADEs). Children pose special challenges in the drug ordering and delivery process because most medication doses are ordered by the weight of the child. Ongoing monitoring of our performance in this area is key to providing safe and effective quality care.
A trigger tool methodology is used to perform monthly reviews of a sample of patient charts. This tool uses a number of care activities or “triggers” that if found, results in additional review to determine if an adverse event has taken place. Adverse drug events are divided by the number of days patients in the sample are hospitalized and are multiplied by 1,000.
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View the Operational Definition: Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)
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