Barcode medication administration implementation in the operating room

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Barcode medication administration (BCMA) is endorsed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for use in hospitals to improve safety during medication administration” Dunn and Anderson (2019).

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Barcode medication administration (BCMA) is endorsed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for use in hospitals to improve safety during medication administration.1–3 In inpatient settings, BCMA verifies that patient, drug, dose, route, and time are correct by scanning patient and medication barcodes against a pharmacist-verified drug order.2,3

Since 2014, use of BCMA within the operating room (OR) has been recommended by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.4 The safety benefit, unique from inpatient application, is detection of incorrect drug administration when medications are not picked, delivered, and verified by pharmacy.4,5…

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Reference:

Dunn, L. and Anderson, J. (2019) Barcode medication administration implementation in the operating room. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 76(10), p.636–637. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxz039.

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