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Bar Codes Help Reduce Medication Administration Errors

Bar codes used with electronic health records greatly reduce the administrating of the “wrong drugs” which can harm patients.

When bar codes are used with eMAR (electronic medical administration records), it is greatly ensured that the correct medication is administered in the correct dose at the correct time to the correct patient. ” The study is published in the May 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

 This study (press release here) was partially funded by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


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