March, 14, 2016 Congressman Mr.Cedric Richamond 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive Suite 126 Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Phone: (225) 636-5600 Dear Congressman Richmond, My name is Williams, BS, CPhT and stakeholder for a national health care system. I am an advanced practice pharmacy technician in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am writing to request your support for new health policy on Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA). This is important part of patient safety and we need state level support with this health policy. This new health policy is important to Louisiana communities and we need our Louisiana representatives to support our health care laws and policies. The new national standard for patient safety has become MOST important for health care around the world and for all our medical staff and patients. According to Hoffman (2015), medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States , which is a high number of errors. Human beings will commit errors of commission three times out of a 1000. In other occupations, human error may come with minor consequences, but ours, depending on the error, the consequences can be devastating to the patient and the provider. These standards outlined in the guidelines and regulatory government agency, such as Joint Commission Accreditation, Department of Health and Hospitals, U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. These agencies have supported focusing on correcting the processes and systems, and not people. This policy does just that it focuses on the culture of patient safety. The website from Joint Commission (2015), would like a all health care professionals to have clear, reasonable, visible process for not blaming individuals but recognizing errors. The Joint Commission recognized that we are humans and will make mistakes, but there should never tolerate the unsafe or reckless acts of medical errors that are blameworthy. We as a company reviewed the results of our annual patient safety culture assessment last year, it was a wakeup call for the leadership team. It was clear that our frontline employees were concerned about the safety of our patients and that we didn't fully understand why or where the potential for danger was. Over the past year, we have made it our number one priority to examine
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- Fall '14
- Patient safety, barcode medication administration, Culture of Safety Core Team