Making sure that each patient gets the right amount of the right medication at the right time is a key part of our commitment to patient safety at Rhode Island Hospital.
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Our pharmacy team is an international leader in developing and implementing cutting-edge innovative services and systems. Our early adoption as one of the first hospitals in the country with a closed medication safety loop led to one of the first publications with data-driven results, highlighting our success with this system in improving medication safety
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Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's hospital utilize a system of automated medication dispensing. Installed in all patient units, this "closed-loop" medication system is designed to enhance patient safety and reduce the human opportunity for error.
It helps to ensure that the right patient receives the correct dosage of prescribed medication at the right time. The closed loop system operates at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital each have pharmacy staff working around the clock to ensure that patients receive the correct dosages of medication.
Here's how our integrated clinical information system for medication safety works:
A study prepared by a team of Rhode Island Hospital doctors, pharmacists, information technicians and medical directors was published in the September 2007 issue of the American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacists. The findings of that study proved that the "closed-loop" system works to increase patient safety throughout Lifespan's multi-hospital health care system and that medication errors decreased.