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Effect of automated unit dose dispensing with barcode scanning on medication administration errors: an uncontrolled before-and-after study.

Jessurun JG, Hunfeld NGM, Van Rosmalen J, Van Dijk M, Van Den Bemt PMLA. Effect of automated unit dose dispensing with barcode scanning on medication administration errors: an uncontrolled before-and-after study. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021;33(4):mzab142. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzab142

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December 1, 2021
Jessurun JG, Hunfeld NGM, Van Rosmalen J, et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021;33(4):mzab142.

Reducing medication administration errors (MAEs) is an ongoing patient safety priority. This prospective study assessed the impact of automated unit dose dispensing with barcode-assisted medication administration on MAEs at one Dutch hospital. Implementation was associated with a lower probability of MAEs (particularly omission errors and wrong dose errors), but impact would likely be greater with increased compliance with barcode scanning. 

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Jessurun JG, Hunfeld NGM, Van Rosmalen J, Van Dijk M, Van Den Bemt PMLA. Effect of automated unit dose dispensing with barcode scanning on medication administration errors: an uncontrolled before-and-after study. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021;33(4):mzab142. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzab142