Hospitals show that following best practices can reduce drug administration errors

March 28, 2008

The results of a demonstration project involving seven Bay Area hospitals showed that they cut their medication administration errors by 57% after they followed a set of six best practices.

A demonstration program at the University of California San Francisco has found that participating hospitals improved their medication administration accuracy rate from 84% to 93% in 18 months by following six best practices. The best practices were identified by the California Nursing Outcomes Coalition. A total of 63 clinicians, primarily nurses, from seven Bay Area hospitals were trained by the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program in developing clinical protocols, reporting tools and metrics, and administrative procedures. The seven hospitals include Kaiser Permanente (Fremont), Kaiser Permanente (Hayward), Novato Community Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, St. Rose Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Sequoia Hospital. The