Inside best practice: Bar coding at the bedside

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, November 8, 2010

Planning and implementing a bar code scanning system at the bedside was a major undertaking for Baystate Medical Center (BMC), because the patient safety–focused process is designed to significantly reduce medication administration errors.

“What is so impactful about the whole process is that all departments—with the exception of some emergency departments—are fully bar coded,” says Gary Kerr, MBA, PharmD, director of pharmacy services at BMC. “The central pharmacy has been re-engineered to support the outputs necessary to drive and sustain medication bar codes.”

Source: This excerpt is from the October HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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