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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a3e8ad
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Barcode Medication Administration Work-Arounds: A Systematic Review and Implications for Nurse Executives

Voshall, Barbara DNP, RN; Piscotty, Ronald PhD, RN-BC; Lawrence, Jeanette DNP, CRNA; Targosz, Mary DNP, CPNP

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Abstract

Safe medication administration is necessary to ensure quality healthcare. Barcode medication administration systems were developed to reduce drug administration errors and the related costs and improve patient safety. Work-arounds created by nurses in the execution of the required processes can lead to unintended consequences, including errors. This article provides a systematic review of the literature associated with barcoded medication administration and work-arounds and suggests interventions that should be adopted by nurse executives to ensure medication safety.

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