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Portnoy, Joel

Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Grant Title: The Effect of Medication Errors in the Pediatric ICU
Grant Number:  K08 HS011636
Duration: 4 years (2001-2005)
Total Award: $520,800

Project Description: This research was a retrospective cohort study to examine the effect of medication errors on the outcomes of patients admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.  The project had 3 main goals:

  1. To calculate the increase in resource utilization attributable to exposure to a medication error in patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.
  2. To determine the risk of mortality attributable to exposure to a medication error in patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.
  3. To determine the risk of requiring inpatient rehabilitation or technology dependence associated with exposure to a medication error.

Career Goals: Dr. Portnoy earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.  He did his residency in pediatrics at children's memorial Hospital, Northwestern University in Chicago.  He went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  Dr. Portnoy conducts research focusing on pediatric health services.

Progress to Date: This grant has been completed.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Professional Societies:
    • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics.
    • Member, National Association of Inpatient Physicians.

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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