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Implementation of Bar Coded Wristbands in a Large Academic Medical Center: Impact on Point of Care Error Rates

Rao, Arjun C; Burke, Debra A; Dighe, Anand S

doi: 10.1097/01.poc.0000179159.47084.51
Original Article

In numerous settings bar code enabled systems have been shown to be able to improve process and reduce the errors that occur with manual data entry. We have implemented a bar coded patient wristband for all emergency department (ED) and inpatients at a large academic medical institution. Examining glucometry error rates and nursing surveys we find that the bar coded wristbands reduced patient identification errors and were well accepted by clinical staff. Bar coded patient wristbands are an important part of a hospital's infrastructure and the content and format of the wristbands deserves close consideration.

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