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Patient Safety and Increased Workflow Proficiency

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Patient Safety and Increased Workflow Proficiency Point of care bar code scanning technology provides enhanced patient safety and patient care. Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) was first implemented in the VA in 1995 to improve the accuracy of the medication administration process. Positive patient identification ensures the veteran receives ‘the right drug at the right time to the right patient.’ All inpatient care areas in VA use positive patient identification at the point of care to document activities associated with BCMA. Point of care bar code scanning technology provides enhanced patient safety and patient care. As each patient wristband and medication is scanned, BCMA validates the medication is ordered, timely, and in the correct dosage. By doing so, the rate of medication
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Unformatted text preview: errors has decreased across VA. BCMA allows for real-time documentation at the point of care to improve accuracy and make medication administration data more immediately available for other clinicians. Studies have demonstrated a reduction in nursing time on medication administration activities using BCMA. Nurses are satisfied with BCMA because it is safer for patients, user-friendly, and effective in reducing medication errors. Starting this year in VA, BCMA technology will be expanded to the outpatient setting. Future bar-coding projects include scanning of laboratory specimens and blood administration. All of these expansion projects will continue to make patient care safer and improve the workflow of VA employees....
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  • Fall '11
  • Irving
  • Nursing, Patient safety, BCMA

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