The eclipsys sunrise clinical manager emr/cpoe is in use at (b) (6) hospital.
This system appears to have a serious deficiency: an apparent lack of date constraint validity checking when users are seeking information on prior medication orders and administration.
(b) (6), (b) (6) was admitted (b) (6) 2010, for cerebrovascular problems.
Famotidine iv was started prophylactically to prevent gastric problems, but was discontinued and changed to protonix a few days later due to suspicion of causing severe agitation and confusion, causing her to pull her lines.
Around (b) (6) 2010, patient was transferred to physical therapy floor in the hospital.
Hospital considers such a transfer to be a "discharge" and "readmission.
" however, patient did poorly, had to be sent back to med-surg floor several days later.
Due to having pulled a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube -peg tube-, she was started on tpn on (b) (6) 2010.
In the first bag of tpn solution was 40 mg.
Patient's mental status began deteriorating and she began to get very, very agitated and confused once again.
Eclipsys sunrise problem/bug was noted when son, a physician informaticist -and author of this report- noted the 40 mg famotidine in the tpn bag, and reported to the floor rn that this was contraindicated.
The rn pulled up the medication order and administration records on the eclipsys sunrise clinical manager system to confirm famotidine had been administered previously.
Famotidine was shown only as being ordered for tpn on (b) (6), but not prior.
The rn selected a date constraint entry box, at which time a calendar widget popped up.
The rn set the date constraint back to (b) (6), then (b) (6), then (b) (6) 2010, but the use of the famotidine at that time did not appear.
Son of patient demanded the famotidine be stopped anyway, which it was, and that an allergy entry be entered.
However, it was fortunate son was a physician and remembered the name of the medicine.
In tracing this error today, it was found that the data from admission on (b) (6) to "discharge" to physical therapy floor (b) (6) 2010, was unavailable since it was considered a "prior admission" although the patient had never left the hospital physically.
The sunrise system, however, failed to flag the (b) (6) 2010 date constraint entries as 'out of bounds' for the current admission.
The validity of the date constraints was not checked, preventing the rn user from realizing he should have called up the prior admissions records.
If son of patient had not been a physician, gamotidine might have been continued and patient might have suffered more severe consequences than she did after the 40 mg was given in the first tpn bag.
As it was, she spent the next three days in a severe delirium and is only slowly recovering.
That the eclipsys sunrise ehr did not alert its user that the date constraints they set for seeking medication ordering and administration data were out of bounds -beyond the range of the current "admission" -is a significant and severe oversight and/or bg, and a danger to patients not fortunate enough to have a physician informaticist son closely monitoring their care.