Bar-code verification: Reducing but not eliminating medication errors

Philip L. Henneman, Jenna L. Marquard, Donald L. Fisher, Justin Bleil, Brendan Walsh, Justin P. Henneman, Fidela S. Blank, Ann Marie Higgins, Brian H. Nathanson, Elizabeth A. Henneman

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Using observation, eye tracking, and clinical simulation with embedded errors, we studied the impact of bar-code verification on error identification and recovery during medication administration. Data supported that bar-code verification may reduce but does not eliminate patient identification (ID) and medication errors during clinical simulation of medication administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-566
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The PNNL authors are grateful for research support provided by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated for DOE by Battelle Memorial Institute under contract DE-AC05-76RL01830. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors alone.


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