The Importance Of Barcode Medication Erros

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Medication administration errors are some of the most frequent types of errors that occur in the health care field ("Why Neither the “Five Rights” Nor Bar Code Medication Administration Alone Will Prevent Medication Errors," n.d). To prevent such errors there has been designed an approach to create a safer practice by following the "five right" rule that verifies the right patient, right medication, right time, right dose, and the right route. Nevertheless the lethal errors still occur on the daily basis. One of the reasons for the failure in this practice is that the administration lacks to consider that the medication administration is a multidisciplinary approach that involves the surrounding environment, like inadequate staffing, lack of …show more content…
There has been a study conducted to evaluate the medication errors before the launch of the BCMA and after (Helmons, Wargel, & Daniels, 2010). The research took place in the large California teaching hospital in their two medical- surgical units and two intensive care units (ICU). The research discovered that implementation of BCMA improved the patient identification of the medical, surgical units and improved charting and labeling of mixed intravenous medications in ICUs(Helmons et al., 2010). Despite the slow adaptation of BCMA use in the United States, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has provided the funding to eleven different organizations in multiple health care settings to explore its effects and outcomes on patient safety and its cost ("Bar-coded Medication Administration," …show more content…
Nurse manager can request the information technology (IT) department to disable the recognition of any patient labels or barcodes other than the one on the wrist band. That will force the nursing staff to only use the wrist band code which will require approaching the patient in person. In order to prevent duplication of wristbands by the nursing staff and the unit coordinators the nurse manager can propose the practice of issuing only one wristband that is clipped to the patient at the point of entrance into the hospital by registration. This decision might require a collaborative approach between the management, registration, IT department and other parties involved. The floor manager can implement the recording policy in conjunction with IT department and pharmacy which allows to total the times of manually clicking the administration button on the electronic medical record (eMAR) on the computer. Then the nurse manager can look at who exactly overridden the BCMA and how many times. There can be a policy implemented or modified if one already exists regarding the safe medication administration practice and the consequences of failing to comply with one. There should be an exception to the policy and the allowance of a certain percentage in the case of an emergency medication

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