PATIENT SAFETY: ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTOMATED DISPENSING CABINETS ON DRUG RETURN IN AN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.
Author(s) Deliberal, Ana Paula; Barreto, Daniela Vescia Menna; Menezes, Camila Pereira; Bueno, Denise
Publication year 2018
Publication name Clinical & Biomedical Research
Material typeAcademic journal

Introduction: Patient safety and medication errors have received great attention and interest from health institutions. Drug return is a reverse logistics process that requires further analysis, because the delay or failure to return medications can create an accumulation of drugs in nursing units, favoring deviations and medication errors. The automated dispensing cabinets are a technological innovation that aims to reduce drug-related errors. The present study made an analysis of the amount of returned medications before and after the implantation of automated dispensing cabinets in a university hospital. Methods: This descriptive study presents a retrospective analysis of data on drug return collected from hospital reports published from 2013 to 2016. Results: Before the implantation of automated dispensing cabinets, the mean percentage of returned medications was 27%. In the first year after the implantation of automated dispensing cabinets, the mean percentage of returned medications was reduced to 4%. Conclusion: The implementation of the automated dispensing cabinets led to a reduction in drug return and in its associated risks, generating a positive impact on patient safety.

Keyword(s)AUTOMATED dispensing cabinets (Medicine), PATIENT safety, UNIVERSITY hospitals
Language(s)English
Author affiliation(s)
1PósGraduação em Assistência Farmacêutica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 2Serviço de Farmácia, Seção de Gerenciamento e Logística de Medicamentos, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre. Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 3Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 4Departamento de Produção e Controle de Medicamentos, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, 5Pós-Graduação Ensino em Saúde, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil
ISSN2357-9730

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