A study in the May 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine finds bar code technology used with an electronic medication administration record system significantly reduces transcription and medication administration errors.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston conducted the study, funded through a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers compared 6,723 medication administrations on hospital units before bar-coded eMAR was introduced with 7,318 administrations using the technology.
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