Hospital projects such as Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) and Electronic Medication Administration Record (EMAR) have proven successful in reducing medication administration errors. Bar coding and online-MAR are both well-established and widely used technologies.
Hospital Mobile Workstations taken to the point of care in the hospital rooms allow nurses to administer medications more safely and to more efficiently document information in the electronic medical record. Bedside Medication Verification combines these highly reliable tools to create a safety net at the patient bedside.
The Mobile Computer Workstations create a secure and convenient way to access your EMR for BMV, PPID, CPOE and other clinical documentation. Patient Safety Initiatives such as Barcode Medication Verification with eMAR and CPOE eliminate transcription medication errors and ensures the Five Rights of Medication Administration are completed.
Five Rights of Medication Administration
Right Patient: Scanning the bar coded arm band would provide a positive patient identification.
Right Medication: If the medication is not on the patient profile, BMV flags the nurse to indicate that it is not the right medication, or that the pharmacy has not completed their safety checks.
Right Dose: If the scanned dose is higher or lower than the prescribed dose, BMV flags the nurse.
Right Route: The system checks for the right route. For example, if the medication is to be given orally but the scanned medication is an injection, the nurse will be warned.
Right Time: If the medication is given early or late, the system will warn the nurse that they are documenting against a past time or a future time.
How to have a Successful BMV Implementation
Clinical Nursing Core group team participaes in support and training.
Nursing Leadership is in agreement and supports the Bedside Medication Verification project.
Dedicated training team uses standardized training that the core team supports. Everyone learns the same thing.
Workflow are unique for each unit, identify them prior to BMV go-live.
Routine meetings to review issues with Information Systems and the /Pharmacy team in place to resolve issues.
Benefits of Bedside Medication Verification
Alarms to keep nurses on schedule to administer the meds on time.
Alarms to prevent missed meds.
More accurate administration of meds.
More accurate record keeping of what was given to whom, by whom and when or what was refused.
More accurate tracking of controlled drugs.
Timely reordering of "as needed medications"; less chance of ever running out of medications.
More accurate receipt and check in of medication deliveries.
More accurate records for medication destruction.
Shorter medication passes.
Faster medication check-in at cycle fills.
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