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.
Author Affiliations: Professor of Nursing (Dr Voshall), Graceland University, Independence, Missouri; Assistant Professor (Dr Piscotty), College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, (Dr Lawrence), Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital, Charlotte, North Carolina; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Dr Targosz), Troy, Michigan.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Voshall, Graceland University, 1401 W Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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