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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bar codes break into medical field

Bar codes break into medical field : "William George Herd, currently a patient at Lee's Summit Hospital, knows the effects of medication errors.
"God knows I've suffered, and I don't need that again," he said, remembering how he was given the wrong medication 20 years ago.
Now, thanks to the Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) bar coding system, he doesn't worry about it happening again.
Upon admission, patients receive a bar-coded wristband which nurses or respiratory therapists scan whenever medication is administered. The bar code corresponds to the patient's current drug history as well as allergies and side effects to other prescribed drugs. A patient's medical history is also entered into the hospital's computer system. "


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