CC BY 4.0 · ACI Open 2018; 02(01): e41-e49
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1667296
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Clinical Decision Support Improves Adherence to Pediatric Antimicrobial Renal Dosing Guidelines

Andrew Quach
1  The Robertson Group, Portland, Oregon, United States
Mohammad B. Ateya
2  Health Information Technology and Services, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Christopher Zimmerman
2  Health Information Technology and Services, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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Further Information

Publication History

23 March 2018

18 June 2018

Publication Date:
27 July 2018 (online)



Background Antimicrobial drug dosage selection requires consideration of patient demographics, renal function, and indication(s) of use. We developed a strategy that employed upfront passive dose-guidance clinical decision support (CDS) in addition to noninterruptive/interruptive maximum dose warnings to guide providers to order renally appropriate antimicrobial drug therapy.

Objectives Our objective was to assess the impact of passive dose-guidance CDS, along with a successive CDS strategy that provided renal dosing assistance at multiple points throughout order entry, on provider adherence to pediatric antimicrobial dosing guidelines.

Methods A single-center, observational, retrospective cohort study at an academic pediatric hospital. The study compared the proportion of orders adherent to the institutional guidelines across three time points: a historical control (October 2014 to March 2015), phase I implementation (March 2015 to May 2015), and phase II implementation (May 2015 to October 2015).

Results The proportion of adherent orders with respect to dose and frequency was 74% in the control period, 76% (odds ratio [OR] = 1.11; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76–1.16, p = 0.6) in phase I of the study, and increased to 81% (OR = 1.54; 95% CI, 1.16–2.03, p = 0.003) in phase II of the study.

Conclusion Provider adherence to institutional antimicrobial dosing guidelines improved following the implementation of a successive CDS combining passive and noninterruptive/interruptive approaches. This study displays the value of designing CDS that occurs at multiple points within ordering workflow and minimizes intrusiveness. Our CDS strategy can be considered for implementation by other institutions using similar electronic health record systems.

Clinical Relevance Statement

A successive CDS system utilizing passive and noninterruptive/interruptive CDS at multiple points of the order entry workflow improves provider adherence to recommended renally appropriate antimicrobial dosing regimens in hospitalized pediatric patients.

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects

The study was performed in compliance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, and was reviewed by the University of Michigan's Institutional Review Board.