Table 2

Observed actions in relation to alert type presented to prescriber during ward round and non-ward round prescribing

Antibiotic review alertVenous thromboembolism alert
Acted on alertAlert overriddenActed on alertAlert overridden
Ward round observations10 (24%)*31 (76%)1† (7%)14 (93%)
Non-ward round observations18 (41%)*26 (59%)13 (68%)†6 (32%)
Total number of alerts8534
  • *There was no significant difference (p=0.11) between ward and non-ward round prescribing (p=0.1).

  • †Significantly more alerts (p=0.0003) were acted on during non-ward round prescribing than ward round prescribing.