New barcode checks help reduce drug round errors in care homes

Deidre Wild, Ala Szczepura, Sarah Nelson

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Management
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2011

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Keywords

  • Barcode
  • medication management
  • nursing home
  • residential home

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New barcode checks help reduce drug round errors in care homes. / Wild, Deidre; Szczepura, Ala; Nelson, Sarah.

In: Nursing Management, Vol. 18, No. 5, 31.08.2011, p. 26-30.

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Wild, Deidre ; Szczepura, Ala ; Nelson, Sarah. / New barcode checks help reduce drug round errors in care homes. In: Nursing Management. 2011 ; Vol. 18, No. 5. pp. 26-30.
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