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Rice tackles improving medication safety

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WILLMAR -- New "smart" drug pumps at Rice Memorial Hospital have been alerting nurses to errors -- a dose of Dilaudid, a painkiller, that was accidentally programmed for 2 milligrams per hour instead of 0.2 milligrams, for instance -- so that the error can be fixed before it reaches the patient.

Carnie Allex, director of pharmacy at the hospital, knows this because it's one of the things being tracked in Rice Hospital's efforts to improve patient safety.

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