The Positive Aspect Of Barcoding In Patient Safety

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The Institute of Medicine’s report, To Err, is Human: Building a safe healthcare system, in its report says that preventable medical errors cause up to 98,000 deaths and about 770,000 adverse events in the US every year. This report was the base of the revolutionary introduction of barcode technology in pharmaceuticals, FDA, and hospitals. Another research conducted by FDA predicts that by the implementation of barcode technology for the bedside medication, close to 500,000 adverse drug reactions and blood transfusion errors over the next 20 years could be prevented. This shows the importance of a method to ensure patient safety. The barcode based on patient identification and medication helps to set right the five basic steps in health care provision, namely the right patient, medication, dose, time and method of administration.
The barcode is a simple technology that replaces the textual form of information. It serves as a key to the database being the unique patient identification ID. In hospitals, it is useful for nurses in diversified fields as medical administration, for correct blood administration, sample management, treatment, non-medical applications etc. Now many hospitals are getting in the barcode technology implemented to positively help the patients at the same time bringing down the error rate. The patient safety is ensured in all areas of healthcare by implementing barcode. Particularly it is highly applicable in the nursing field, where patient safety is the primary focus. Many studies and researches are done in the nursing field to establish the effect of barcode technology in patient care in the nursing field, the points dealt with in the review section. ( Kohn, et al.,2000)
Now all Government entities are addressing medication safety through new regulations and legislation by urging the healthcare providers.