Quality & Patient Safety

Change in storage and administration helps hospital

Patient Safety Monitor, September 1, 2009

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Insulin has long been targeted as a high-alert medication by The Joint Commission.
Baystate Medical Center, a 653-bed hospital in Springfield, MA, made insulin safety a priority after rolling out its bedside medication bar-coding program in September 2008. Staff members continued to see insulin as a problem medication when monitoring event reporting data on medication storage as well as scan rates of medications and patients. Direct observation on the nursing units validated that there were problems with the insulin administration work processes.

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