Journal Article

Computer-assisted bar-coding system significantly reduces clinical laboratory specimen identification errors in a pediatric oncology hospital.

Hayden RT, Patterson DJ; Jay DW; Cross C; Dotson P; Possel RE; Srivastava DK; Mirro J; Shenep JL.

Bar-coding technology has been associated with reductions in drug-dispensing errors but has also been associated with unintended consequences. This study implemented a bar-coding system for laboratory specimen identification, with careful attention to integrating the new system within existing laboratory workflow.