Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 116–119 | Cite as

Accuracy of Medication Safety Report Severity Level Among Disciplines at a Tertiary Academic Medical Center

  • Mary P. KovacevicEmail author
  • James W. Schurr
  • Heather Dell’Orfano
Pharmacology of Acute Care (J Fanikos, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Pharmacology of Acute Care


Purpose of Review

Computerized patient safety reporting systems are used to improve the safety of the medication use process. The objective of our analysis was to determine whether differences exist in the accuracy of reporter estimated incident severity level. This is a retrospective, quality assurance analysis of medication safety reports. Information collected included the total number of medication safety reports, reporter roles, reported severity level, and actual severity level. Accuracy of reporter severity was determined based on the difference between reported compared to the actual severity scored for each incident.

Recent Findings

Four hundred forty-nine were included in the analysis. Reports were most commonly entered by nurses (71.3%) followed by pharmacists (16.9%), physicians (7.6%), and physician extenders (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) (4.2%). The overall accuracy rate of severity level was 77.5%.


No difference was found between nurses, pharmacists, and physicians in regard to reporting accuracy.


Medication safety Reporting accuracy Safety reporting Medication errors Medication use process 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary P. Kovacevic
    • 1
    Email author
  • James W. Schurr
    • 2
  • Heather Dell’Orfano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PharmacyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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