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J Nurs Care Qual. 2011 Oct-Dec;26(4):377-84. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318215b770.

Descriptive analysis of workflow variables associated with barcode-based approach to medication administration.

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Division of Pharmacy Administration, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Abstract

Bedside barcode technology is used during medication administration to ensure patient safety. This study evaluated the workflow variables related to a bedside barcode technology-based medication administration process. A time-and-motion technique was used to assess the observational episodes related to medication administration conducted by registered nurses. In an observational episode, nurses spent adequate time in "documenting medications" and "giving medications." Nurses were primarily engaged in tasks at the patient's bedside.

PMID:
21540749
DOI:
10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318215b770
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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