Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Comparison of the effectiveness of traditional nursing medication administration with the Color Coding Kids system in a sample of undergraduate nursing students
by Burgess, Colleen Coletta, D.Ed., The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2009, 153; 3372150
Abstract (Summary)

The problem of medication errors in hospitals and the vulnerability of pediatric patients to adverse drug events (ADE) was investigated and well substantiated. The estimated additional cost of inpatient care for ADE’s in the hospital setting alone was conservatively estimated at an annual rate per incident of 400,000 preventable events each incurring an extra cost of approximately $5,857.

The purpose of the researcher was to compare the effectiveness of traditional nursing medication administration with the Color Coding Kids (CCK) system (developed by Broselow and Luten for standardizing dosages) to reduce pediatric medication errors. A simulated pediatric rapid response scenario was used in a randomized clinical study to measure the effects of the CCK system to the traditional method of treatment using last semester nursing students.

Safe medication administration, workflow turnaround time and hand-off communication were variables studied. A multivariate analysis of variance was used to reveal a significant difference between the groups on safe medication administration. No significant difference between the groups on time and communication was found.

The researcher provides substantial evidence that the CCK system of medication administration is a promising technological breakthrough in the prevention of pediatric medication errors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Queen, J. Allen
Commitee: Dienemann, Jacqueline, Flowers, Claudia, Lock, Corey, Queen, J. Allen
School: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department: Educational Leadership (EDD)
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-B 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Health education, Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Medication administration, Medication errors, Pediatrics, Simulation
Publication Number: 3372150
ISBN: 978-1-109-34530-8
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