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Journal Article
Study

Factors associated with workarounds in barcode-assisted medication administration in hospitals.

Veen W, Taxis K, Wouters H, et al. J Clin Nurs. 2020;29(13-14):2239-2250.

Using data from four hospitals in the Netherlands that use barcode-assisted medication administration, the authors of this study sought to identify potential risk factors associated with workarounds performed by nurses. Potential risk factors identified include the timing of medication rounds, the route of administration, drug classification, and the nurse-to-patient ratio. Future quality improvement measures could focus on modifiable risk factors including nurse workload and nurse staffing.