The introduction of the bar coded medication

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I enjoyed your discussion posting this week. The introduction of the bar-coded medication administration system (BCMA) has been a great tool for nurses to ensure medications are delivered safely to their patients. With almost ‘a million patients each year injured in hospitals in the United States due to error’ (Gooder, 2011). My facility strives for 95% compliance rate on barcode medication administration, and like your facility we too have hit barriers related to travel nurses. These issues mainly stem from no previous knowledge of the Cerner EMR system, however, another issue we have identified is the numerous ‘shortcuts’ nurses are using in efforts to save time. Many armbands are placed on the patient’s footboard or cribs, removing labels to scan at a later time, placing medication labels on workstations, and preparing/scanning medications for more than one patient at a time. Numerous education materials have been handed out, educational meetings conducted, and training have been conducted. Hopefully we too will see a higher compliance rate once we are able to retain full time staff and reduce our number of travelers. References Gooder, V. (June 2011). Nurses’ Perceptions of a (BCMA) Bar-coded Medication Administration System: A Case-Control Study. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 15, (2), Available at Study finds big gaps in barcode safety | Today's Hospitalist. (11, 1). Retrieved from

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