Development of a System to Improve the Communication and Delivery System of Medications in a Hospital Setting

Sarkaria, Jagroop, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Ferguson, Sean, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Studies suggest lack of communication, lapses in judgement, and overall bad practice are common in healthcare and in hospitals. Therefore, in order to combat these errors and ensure patients receive the best possible healthcare, I conducted research to develop a communication system that can be used by nurses, pharmacists, and doctors that ensures patient receives the correct medication and dosages at the appropriate time. Delays in medical settings can be attributed to pharmacy scheduling errors and backlogs; the development of communication/scheduling system that promotes efficient interacts between nurses and pharmacists can greatly reduce the number of errors and delays in healthcare settings. Receiving timely medication is crucial for ensuring patients obtain healthy and effective treatment. Therefore, prioritizing efficient internal communication may alleviate some tensions that arise from errors, increase productivity, and create an overall better care for each patient. I conducted my research for how to develop this system to be the most effective by interviewing doctors, nurses, and pharmacists and analyzing previous studies done in order to understand the errors that occur and then propose a new system that can counter these issues. This new proposed system suggests improvisions to increase the quality of care for each patient and ensures significant reduction to errors and delays.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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