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A Bar-code technology is the key to fewer errors safEr M edication errors are among the most common, but preventable, mistakes made in the healthcare setting today. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in a 2006 report, medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people every year, with a conservative estimate of 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries in hospitals each year. The hospitals of Community Healthcare System are using bar-code technology to prevent such errors and keep patients safe while in our care. By ElisE siMs Hospital Stay is administered, bar codes on the patient’s wristband and the medication are scanned, allowing the nurse or other providers to verify that the right patient is receiving the right dose of the right medication. Any conflict with the current orders will alert the nurse. one of the fIRSt In the nAtIon Timothy Barker of Chicago Heights, Ill., has his wristband scanned for identification before medication is dispensed by IMCU West nurse Elizabeth Detmar, R.N., as nurse Sher Ford, R.N., observes. Upon admission, each patient receives a wristband with a bar code. The bar code matches the patient’s current medical record identification, which allows for accurate review of current medication and lab orders on the patient’s profile. Before a medication Bar-code identifiers are also used in medication carousels in the hospital’s central pharmacy. To prevent dispensing errors, the medication order bar code is compared with the bar code of the medication pulled. “Our patients have an added safety net because the barcode technology alerts nurses, pharmacy technicians and respiratory therapists—anyone dispensing medicines to patients—to possible mistakes before they happen,” says Abe Manasrah, M.S., director of pharmacy business and informatics for Community Healthcare System. Bar-coded wristbands represent another step that Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart have been taking to ensure a higher level of patient safety. In December 2009, the hospitals were among the first in the nation to use bar-code tracking technology in the Central Laboratory to process surgical specimens. Then, in April 2010, the hospitals expanded on this bar-code technology by adding the SoftID handheld wireless mobile system. Before phlebotomists draw blood, both at the bedside and in the Emergency department, they use the device to scan a patient’s wristband to double-check identity. “Combining bar-code medication dispensing technology with the other systems we already have in place at the hospitals By scanning a bar code on of Community Healthcare System helps the patient’s wristband before dispensing to ensure that the correct medication is medications, hospital staff administered, in the correct dosage, at the members ensure that correct time, to the correct patient,” says they are giving the right John Gorski, chief operating officer for medication to the right patient in the right dose. Community Healthcare System. 56 Vim & Vigor • SUM M ER 2 011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - Community Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - Community Healthcare
Community Message
When Stroke Strikes, Seconds Count
Rays of Hope Fight Cancer
Girl Talk
Say What?
Action Plan
Like This? Try That!
Being George Clooney
A Day in the Life of Your Heart
Unexpected Heroes
Get in Gear
A Real Lifesaver
A Real Lifesaver
Spotlight on Community Hospital
Spotlight on St. Catherine Hospital
Spotlight on St. Mary Medical Center
A Safer Hospital Stay

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - Community Healthcare