Evidence briefings on interventions to improve medication safety

bar code medication administration systems

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Abstract

Policy question: Do bar code medication administration (BCMA) systems reduce administration errors and improve efficiency?

Current evidence shows: BCMA systems have the potential to reduce administration errors but are sometimes used incorrectly due to technology limitations and poor design (e.g. faulty barcodes). Evidence for reduced error rates comes from studies using voluntary incident report data. Controlled observational studies report inconsistent findings. Limited work has assessed cost of BCMA, although time-and-motion studies reveal reduced time administering medications and potentially more time spent in patient care following BCMA implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of New South Wales
Number of pages4
Volume1(1)
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

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