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Factors Associated With Barcode Medication Administration Technology That Contribute to Patient Safety: An Integrative Review

Strudwick, Gillian, PhD, RN; Reisdorfer, Emilene, PhD; Warnock, Caroline, PharmD, RPh; Kalia, Kamini, MScN, RN; Sulkers, Heather; Clark, Carrie, MA, OT Reg. (Ont); Booth, Richard, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000270

In an effort to prevent medication errors, barcode medication administration technology has been implemented in many health care organizations. An integrative review was conducted to understand the effect of barcode medication administration technology on medication errors, and characteristics of use demonstrated by nurses contribute to medication safety. Addressing poor system use may support improved patient safety through the reduction of medication administration errors.

Information Management Group (Dr Strudwick), Professional Practice Office (Dr Reisdorfer and Mss Kalia and Clark), Pharmacy (Dr Warnock), I-CARE, Project Management Office (Ms Sulkers), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada; Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada (Ms Kalia); School of Community and Health Studies, Centennial College, Toronto, Canada (Dr Reisdorfer); and Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University, London, Canada (Drs Strudwick and Booth and Ms Kalia).

Correspondence: Gillian Strudwick, PhD, RN, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H4, Canada (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: May 2, 2017

Published ahead of print: June 27, 2017

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