Journal Article

Effect of bar-code–assisted medication administration on medication error rates in an adult medical intensive care unit.

DeYoung JL; VanderKooi ME; Barletta JF.

This study demonstrated that implementation of a bar-code–assisted medication administration (BCMA) system reduced medication errors by 56%. This reduction entirely reflected a higher rate of medications administered at the right time. Other errors types did not decrease significantly. Past studies have described workarounds and a near miss after similar implementations.