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Hospitals Have Bar Code Medication Administration But Don't Always Use It Right

A recent report from The Leapfrog Group and Castlight shows that only 1/3 of the hospitals fully-met Leapfrog's standards for bar code medication administration. Get a copy of the report here.

Most surprising, and very dangerous from a patient safety perspective, was that 42% of the hospitals were failing to scan BOTH the patient and the medication 95% of the time!

Memphis hospitals, on average, reflect this national experience, with 40% of our hospitals not meeting the 95% standard.

Note: Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation hospitals did not report. They will report this year so we will have this information for them in the summer.

Use the report to educate your employees about the steps that should be taken for bar code medication administration to protect their safety! Especially tell your employees to be sure that when given medication, both the patient and the medication are scanned!

Click here to see how Memphis-area hospitals scored on other aspects of bar code medication administration.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:33 AM

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