Electronic medication administration records and nursing administration of medications: An integrative review

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Stolic, Snezana, Ng, Linda and Sheridan, Georgina. 2022. "Electronic medication administration records and nursing administration of medications: An integrative review." Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research. 30 (1), pp. 163-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.06.005
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Electronic medication administration records and nursing administration of medications: An integrative review

ERA Journal ID14073
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsStolic, Snezana (Author), Ng, Linda (Author) and Sheridan, Georgina (Author)
Journal TitleCollegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research
Journal Citation30 (1), pp. 163-189
Number of Pages27
Year2022
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN1322-7696
1876-7575
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.06.005
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1322769622000993
Abstract

Problem: The medication administration process is particularly susceptible to errors due to the error being least likely to be captured before reaching patients. Nurses administer medications as part of everyday practice.

Aim: The purpose of this review is to identify if medication error rates are reduced during nursing administration when incorporating electronic medical administration records into medication management.

Methods: A systematic review was conducted of six electronic databases to identify original empirical research published between 2007 and 2020. An integrative review method using Strengthening the Report of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines was used to direct this review.

Findings: Eighteen original research articles were identified and included in this review. Data were also collected using electronic data retrieval or chart review, incidence reports, or automated algorithms. Eight studies reported reduced medication errors after the implementation of electronic medication administration records, and two reported increases in medication errors. Studies reported between 2.8% and 16% of medication errors during nursing administration.

Discussion: Findings are mixed, some reported positive findings and reduction in medication errors, and other studies reported no reduction in medication errors or the introduction of new types of errors. Electronic medication administration records may not be as effective in paediatric and intensive care units and may require further adaptation. Barriers to successive integration of electronic medication errors are equipment, environment, lack of knowledge, and workload.

Conclusion: Evidence linking medication administration records use and reducing medication errors and patient safety is weak due to assessment techniques and reporting strategies. More rigorous research is needed.

KeywordsAcute hospital setting; Electronic medication administration records; Integrative review; Medication; Nurse
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420501. Acute care
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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