Pharmacist Staffing and the Use of Technology in Small Rural Hospitals: Implications for Medication Safety.
Approach to Improving Safety
- Practice Guidelines
- Logistical Approaches
- Bar Coding and Radiofrequency ID Tagging
- Clinical Information Systems
Setting of Care
The authors report the findings of a national study of small, rural hospitals in the United States. Results indicate a relationship between accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, financial status, pharmacy staffing, and technology use with the implementation of medication safety practices.