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Comparing Portable Computers With Bedside Computers When Administering Medications Using Bedside Medication Verification

Ludwig-Beymer, Patti PhD, RN, CTN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Williams, Phillip MBA, PharmD; Stimac, Ellen MS, MBA, RN

Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31825a8db3

This research examined bedside medication verification administration in 2 adult critical care units, using portable computers and permanent bedside computers. There were no differences in the number of near-miss errors, the time to administer the medications, or nurse perception of ease of medication administration, care of patients, or reliability of technology. The percentage of medications scanned was significantly higher with the use of permanent bedside computers, and nurses using permanent bedside computers were more likely to agree that the computer was always available.

Author Information

Edward Hospital and Health Services, Naperville, Illinois.

Correspondence: Patti Ludwig-Beymer, PhD, RN, CTN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Edward Hospital and Health Services, 801 South Washington St, Naperville, IL 60565 (

The study was funded by a grant from The American Society for Healthcare Pharmacists.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Accepted for publication: April 16, 2012.

Published online before print: May 17, 2012.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.