Scanning Bar Codes at the Bedside

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:36 PM PDT
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Scanning Bar Codes at the Bedside

Bill Wechter/North County Times

Tri-City Medical Center nurse Anna Duenas uses a hand-held scanner to scan a painkiller for patient Carl Nyboer at the hospital Friday.

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Bar codes have made it to the bedside at Tri-City Medical Center, where most nurses are now using hand-held scanners to make sure each patient gets the correct medication at the proper time and dose.

Nurses in all of the Oceanside hospital's inpatient departments ---- those areas where patients stay overnight ---- are now required to use the small wireless readers to scan each medication container before administering its contents to a patient. Tri-City officials said the $1.2 million project, which was largely funded by the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and auxiliary, has been proven to reduce medical dosing errors by 80 percent.

According to Steve Hori, an information technology analyst at Tri-City, the bedside system is used in relatively few hospitals in San Diego County. So far, only Tri-City, the veterans hospital in San Diego and the UCSD Medical Center have it.

Read more about this story in the full article on the North County Times website.

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