Bar Coding Basics: Implementation Strategies to Improve Patient Safety
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Bar Coding Basics provides proven strategies, tips, and advice along with from-the-field case studies to help you successfully implement a bar coding system in your facility.
Bar coding technology it the way of the future for bedside medication administration. It is the best practice for error reduction and increased patient safety. Implementing such a system is not mandatory yet, but for those that want to get a jump start on patient safety, this book will advance your knowledge of the technology and uses of bar coding. It will also give you important guidance on successfully integrating it into your facility and processes.
Bar coding brings a new level of patient care and safety, directly to the bedside. With just a simple scan of a patient's ID tag and medication bottle, you'll be able to ensure the correct identification of patients and the proper dispensing of medications. These are critical components of patient safety.
In Bar Coding Basics, you are given a smooth path to follow so that you may avoid a rocky road to bar code implementation. It guides you through the obstacles you're likely to encounter as you make the transition to bar coding. For example, you will receive guidance to:
determine your hospital's readiness for a bar coding system
put proper teams in place to carry out the project
gain administrative buy-in
demonstrate the benefits and value of the project in all departments
manage the project with small, medium, and large budgets
and much more
This book gives you the proven advice and tips you need develop and carry out bar code implementation. When you do, you too can experience these benefits:
Automatic patient identification
Up-to-date patient records
Simple inventory maintenance
Improved patient safety
Efficient medication ordering
Michael Gallo is principal for IDHC, LLC, a consultancy delivering services to the healthcare supply chain, including manufacturers, distributors, hospitals, pharmacies and solution providers. He has expertise in auto-identification technologies and strategy, specifically bar coding, radio frequency identification, track-and-trace technologies, anti-counterfeiting, and pharmaceutical business requirements for those technologies. He was previously director of distribution logistics for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, a national trade group for healthcare supply chain operations.
With more than 17 years of experience, HCPro, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information, education, training, and consulting products and services in the vital areas of healthcare regulation and compliance. The company's mission is to meet the specialized informational, advisory, and educational needs of the healthcare industry. As an acknowledged industry authority in healthcare regulation and compliance, HCPro focuses on providing its expertise in the areas of accreditation, medical staff affairs, credentialing, privileging, medical record management, regulatory compliance, nursing, quality/patient safety, infection control, and workplace safety.
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