Time to Use Computerized Physician Order Entry in all ICUs?

  • J. Ali
  • A. Vuylsteke


The adage “To Err is Human” has been recognized by many for a very long time, and gives a sense of the inescapable to our common mistakes. One could, therefore, argue that it might have been wrong to highlight that sense of unpreventable in a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine (USA) telling us that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die per year due to medical errors [1]. And, indeed, the Institute chose the more inspiring title of “Preventing Medication Errors” when it subsequently reported in 2006 that there is approximately one medication error per patient per day. This title at least suggested that it might be possible to act and decrease this burden [2]. The UK Department of Health went one step further when it reported that adverse events caused harm to patients in up to 16% of admissions, and published ‘An organization with a memory’, urging us to learn from past mistakes to build a safer health care environment [3].


Medication Error Adverse Drug Event Clinical Decision Support Computerize Physician Order Entry Clinical Information System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ali
    • 1
  • A. Vuylsteke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Papworth HospitalCambridgeUK

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