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Crit Care Nurs Q. 2007 Apr-Jun;30(2):189-95.

Implementing a bar-coded bedside medication administration system.

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Code Corporation, Draper, Utah 84020, USA.


Hospitals across the nation are struggling with implementing electronic medication administration and reporting (eMAR) systems as part of patient safety programs. St Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo, initiated their eMAR initiative in June 2003, initiating program start-up in September 2004. This case study documents how the project was approached, its overall success, and what was learned along the way. Also included is a recent update highlighting the expansion of St Luke's patient safety initiative, adapting eMAR to two specialty units: dialysis and laboratory processes.

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