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Benefits of the Bar Coding Medication System
A discussion on the benefits of the bar code-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) technology for hospitals.
# 152685 | 975 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 17, 2013 in Medical and Health (General) , Computer and Technology (General)


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Description:

The paper discusses the benefits of the bar code-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) technology for hospital patients and hospital personnel and finds that bar code scanning of patients and medications at the bedside is effective in reducing medication errors and improving patient safety. The paper describes how nurses can use bar code scanning systems to view medication orders at the bedside, verify the five rights of medication administration and document medication administration electronically. The paper also provides a costs analysis of BPOC systems and shows how they emerge as very cost effective. The paper concludes with a recommendation for the purchase of a bar code-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) system.

Outline:
Introduction
Benefits for Hospital Patients and Hospital Personnel
Financial Benefits
Costs Analysis
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The use of bar code technology at the patient's bedside has shown notable gains in reducing medication administration errors, which may account for as many as 7,000 deaths per year in US hospitals. According to the Federal Register (February 26, 2010), studies indicate that medication error in hospitals and other health care settings leads to 373,000 preventable adverse drug events per year and that these events will increase to 478,000 within 20 years in the absence of additional preventive measures.
"The FDA is now requires bar codes on the labels of thousands of drugs. Health officials believe that the bar codes will help patients get the right dose of the right drug at the right time and reduce medication errors. The government estimates that the bar codes will prevent about 500,000 adverse reactions and medical errors during the next 20 years (Author Unknown, 2004).
"BPOC technology also offers less obvious benefits for hospital personnel such as increased satisfaction of nurses in their daily work. This technology reduces nurses' paperwork, freeing them to spend more time interacting with patients and providing higher-quality care. A BPOC system can also give a sense of protection to nurses, easing the level of stress. In turn, this can reduce nursing turnover, a growing and increasingly expensive problem in healthcare."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Author Unknown. (2004, May). Bar coding on drugs now required: Preventing errors. Nursing. Vol 34, Issue 5, p 30. Springhouse Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from: http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&hid=112&sid=71a4d4dd-6915-45al-8fd6-33f93a77c4d3%40sessionmgr112
  • Author Unknown. (2006). Issues and Opportunities for Introducing Bar Code Systems in Hospitals. ZIH Corp. Vernon Hills, IL. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from: http://www.coridian.com/pdfs/Healthcare.pdf
  • Federal Register. (2004, February 26). Bar code label requirements for human drug and biological products. U.S. department of health & human service; Food and drug administration. Vol. 69, No. 38. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from the Federal Register online via GPO Access www.wais.access.gpo.gov
  • Federal Register. (2006, January 24). Requirements on content and foremat of labeling for human prescription drugs and biological products. U.S. department of health & human service;, Food and drug administration. Vol. 71, No. 15. Retrieved July 24, 2010, from the Federal Register online via GPO Access www.wais.access.gpo.gov
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, (HIMSS). (2003). Implementation guide for the use of bar code technology in healthcare. HIMSS, Chicago, IL Retrieved July 24, 2010, from http://www.mckesson.com/static_files/McKesson.com/CorpBrand/Medication%20Safety/Implementation_guide.pdf

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