A study undertaken between January 2008 and December 2010 evaluated the effects of a pharmacy-led barcode medication system in care homes (with or without on-site registered nursing staff). The findings show that the system raised awareness of ‘near miss’ errors, particularly among nurses, and reduced stress and the pressure of medication rounds. Care staff in nursing homes, in particular, could administer selected medications using this system, but the development of a wider professional framework is recommended by the researchers at the University of the West of England and Warwick Medical School.
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