Decreasing Falls with the Automation of the Beers Criteria Medications
10:30am - 11:00amFriday, February 15
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
Clinical decision support (CDS) can improve safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care, especially when implemented in computerized provider order entry (CPOE) applications. Medication-related decision support logic contributes to a large component of the CDS logic in the CPOE system. Memorial Hermann has used CDS in the form of order sentences and alerts to limit the ordering of these medications for the elderly patient population. The EHR’s ability to add filters for age and conditions, as well as dose range checking alerts, improves the automation and reliability of the CDS alerts. A rule and CCL (Cerner Command Language) can be written to cross-reference the medication being placed to the tables and determine if a recommendation needs to be presented to the provider. This technology combined with the HRO practice of conducting daily safety huddles and rounding, has led to Memorial Hermann achieving one of the lowest fall injury rates in the nation.