CPOE glitch causes patients to receive wrong meds, nurses say

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A glitch causing medication orders to be passed on to the wrong patients is just one of several problems with a new computerized physician order entry system being implemented at Marin General Hospital, according to nurses at the Greenbrae, Calif., facility. The nurses have called for the implementation to be put on hold until such issues can be worked out and providers can receive more training, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

"People have gotten meds when they've been allergic to them," registered nurse Barbara Ryan said at a Marin Healthcare District board meeting earlier this week. "This is dangerous. We're not asking you to get rid of it. We're asking you to place it on hold."

Marin CEO Lee Domanico responded that the system is "safer for patients" than the old paper system, adding that he would have "no hesitation" about being a patient at Marin. Article