Document the administration of drugs by means of barcode scanning
A study conducted in 2010, found that barcode usage prevented about 90 000 serious medical errors each year and reduced mortality rate by 20%. One case study noted that the use of barcodes reduced medication administration error by 82% across five units studied from pre-implementation to post-implementation. Other benefits that were realized included improved nursing staff satisfaction, improved patient satisfaction, and improved community relations.
Achieve accuracy in Specimen Collection.
Incorrect specimen collection lead to errors in test results, which may lead to serious consequences for patients .Use of Barcodes reduce labelling errors on specimen collection & rework for nurse and lab staff, by ensuring that the correct patient is receiving the correct analysis.
Ensure Blood Infusion Safety
Barcoding of blood or other products greatly reduce medical errors and increase patient safety. As per FDA, a minimum of four information pieces are required for the label, which includes the following:
Achieve accurate patient identification
Patient Barcode Wristbands contain important information regarding the patients’ medical records and any other information which is needed to provide proper patient care. Information, such as the drug identification, medication management, infusion safety, specimen collection, etc. and any other patient care activity can be easily tracked during the patient stay. Barcode printing and sensing technology provides reliable & accurate information at the point of care and prevents errors