Starting last July, all pharmacies in South Australia were required to start using barcode scanners. Now, about five months later, the early results show a decrease in errors of 50%, according to this article from Pharmacy News. I’m intrigued, however, by the comments of Peter Halstead,
Dana Flavelle, writing for the Toronto Star has brought mainstream media attention to GS1 Canada’s roll out of a solution that lets consumers learn of product recalls at the store checkout. The story carries the headline, “Product recalls soon to be listed at checkout.”
According to Joanne Mette, chief nursing officer at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward and Fremont [California] . . . nurses can be interrupted five to 10 times in the course of giving one medication. Her story, and that of other San Francisco bay area hospitals attempting to reduce medication errors is featured in this San Francisco...
If you want a glimpse into how the application of patient, medical record, and treatment applications, outcomes and costs can be improved everywhere and for all by a set of national digital healthcare standards,
Okay, yet another example of how bedside medication and barcodes is clearly needed in every hospital now! This recent article includes a brief mention of how the Veterans Affairs health system implements bedside barcoding:
If you’re not familiar with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) — and especially if you are a pharmacist — you may want to check them out.