Bar Code Medication Administration
Medication errors result in an estimated 1.5 million adverse drug events (ADEs) in the U.S. annually. The typical hospitalized patient is exposed to at least one medication error daily. With proper safeguards and use of technology — such as bar code medication administration (BCMA) — lives could be saved. The Leapfrog Group examined best practices for BCMA, including its proper use and how to avoid workarounds that could nullify the benefits in developing a standard for hospital adoption of BCMA.
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