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J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Apr;18(3):128-32. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT102. Epub 2012 Feb 23.

Feasibility and accuracy of medication checks via Internet video.

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Centre for Online Health, Level 3, Foundation Building, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD 4029, Australia.


We investigated the feasibility and accuracy of using Internet-based videoconferencing for double-checking medications. Ten participants checked 30 different medications using a desktop PC and a webcam. The accuracy of the video-based checks was compared with 'face-to-vial' checks. The checks included the drug name, dosage and expiry dates of ampoules, vials and tablets, as well as graduations on syringes. There was 100% accuracy for drug name, dosage, and graduations on syringes greater than 1 unit. The expiry dates proved more difficult to read, and accuracy was only 63%. The mean overall accuracy was 91% for all items. Internet video-based medication double-checks may have a useful role to play in processes to ensure the safe use of medications in home care.

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