Telemedicine in rural ER tied to fewer physician Rx errors

November 27, 2013
Telemedicine in rural ER tied to fewer physician rx errors

(HealthDay)—For seriously ill and injured children, the use of telemedicine consultations in rural emergency departments is associated with fewer physician-related medication errors, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in Pediatrics.

Madan Dharmar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., from the University of California Davis in Sacramento, and colleagues retrospectively reviewed the charts of 234 seriously ill and injured children presenting to eight rural departments with access to pediatric critical care physicians from an academic children's hospital. Two pediatric pharmacists identified physician-related emergency department medication errors; the frequency of errors for receiving telemedicine consultations, telephone consultations, and no consultations was compared.

The researchers found that 73, 85, and 76 patients received telemedicine consultations, telephone consultations, and no specialist consultations, respectively. There were significantly fewer physician-related medication errors for patients who received telemedicine consultations (3.4 percent), compared to who received telephone consultations (10.8 percent) or no consultations (12.5 percent; P < 0.05). The results were similar in hierarchical logistic regression analysis, with significantly lower odds of physician-related medication errors for telemedicine consultations versus telephone consultation (odds ratio, 0.19; P < 0.05) or no consultations (odds ratio, 0.13; P < 0.05).

"This reduction in can potentially lead to improved outcomes and/or lower health care costs, although our study does not directly address these question," the authors write.

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