When it came time for Southwest Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) to deploy a new barcode medication administration (BCMA) system, SVMC chose a Zebra positive patient ID system consisting of barcode printers, scanners, software tools, media and labels. Since that time, over two million medication doses have been administered. Nurses have been able to achieve an average medication scan rate of over 95% and a patient identification scan rate in excess of 99% for inpatient units. Even more impressive, these results have been sustained over a five-year period.
Up to 5% of all hospitalized patients are affected by ADEs. Implementing a comprehensive Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) program can help, reducing medication errors up to 80%.
In this white paper Zebra Technologies uncovers best practices for adopting Barcode Medication Administration, including:
The importance of building a multidisciplinary implementation team
The role of efficient, well-defined workflows
How accurate data management and reporting are essential to ongoing BCMA success