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Barcoding in healthcare

Abbas Sheikhtaheri, Samane Saravani-Aval
Medication errors are common in healthcare settings. To prevent these errors, use of modern technology is suggested. Improvement of medication administration system particularly at the time of drug administration is mandated in Iran. Barcode medication administration (BCMA) systems are useful in this regard. This study was conducted to assess nurses' attitude for the use of BCMA systems. To this end, 283 randomly selected nurses working in teaching hospitals were surveyed using a five point Likert scale questionnaire...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Kevin Klein, Pieter Stolk
This article provides an overview of the current situation regarding the traceability of medicinal products, with a focus on drug safety and biologics. Limited traceability of biologics, in particular with regard to the batch number, is associated with incomplete recording of exposure information in clinical practice. The current pharmaceutical barcode standards in the EU do not support the automatic recording of dynamic product information, such as batch numbers and expiry dates, by means of electronic barcode scanning in clinical practice...
May 2, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
Claudia M Parra-Giraldo, Sandra L Valderrama, Gloria Cortes-Fraile, Javier R Garzón, Beatriz E Ariza, Florent Morio, Melva Y Linares-Linares, Andrés Ceballos-Garzón, Alejandro de la Hoz, Catalina Hernandez, Carlos Alvarez-Moreno, Patrice Le Pape
BACKGROUND: Candida auris is a recently reported Candida species that is phenotypically similar to Candida haemulonii and related to hospital outbreaks. This organism can be misidentified as Candida haemulonii, Candida famata, Candida catenulata, or Rhodotorula glutinis by phenotypic approaches. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and DNA sequence analysis using internal transcribed spacer rDNA bar-coding provide an accurate identification...
April 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Paramjit Sandhu, Kakali Bandyopadhyay, Dennis J Ernst, William Hunt, Thomas H Taylor, Rebecca Birch, John Krolak, Sharon Geaghan
Background: Specimen labeling errors have long plagued the laboratory industry putting patients at risk of transfusion-related death, medication errors, misdiagnosis, and patient mismanagement. Many interventions have been implemented and deemed to be effective in reducing sample error rates. The objective of this review was to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of laboratory practices/ interventions to develop evidence based recommendations for the best laboratory practices to reduce labeling errors...
September 2017: Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine
April M Saathoff, Ryan MacDonald, Erundina Krenzischek
The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of specimen collection technology implementation featuring computerized provider order entry, positive patient identification, bedside specimen label printing, and barcode scanning on the reduction of mislabeled specimens and collection turnaround times in the emergency, medical-surgical, critical care, and maternal child health departments at a community teaching hospital. A quantitative analysis of a nonrandomized, pre-post intervention study design evaluated the statistical significance of reduction of mislabeled specimen percentages and collection turnaround times affected by the implementation of specimen collection technology...
March 2018: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Gillian Strudwick, Carrie Clark, Brittany McBride, Moshe Sakal, Kamini Kalia
BACKGROUND: Barcode medication administration systems have been implemented in a number of healthcare settings in an effort to decrease medication errors. To use the technology, nurses are required to login to an electronic health record, scan a medication and a form of patient identification to ensure that these correspond correctly with the ordered medications prior to medication administration. In acute care settings, patient wristbands have been traditionally used as a form of identification; however, past research has suggested that this method of identification may not be preferred in inpatient mental health settings...
September 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Thomas F Scherr, Sparsh Gupta, David W Wright, Frederick R Haselton
Many countries are shifting their efforts from malaria control to disease elimination. New technologies will be necessary to meet the more stringent demands of elimination campaigns, including improved quality control of malaria diagnostic tests, as well as an improved means for communicating test results among field healthcare workers, test manufacturers, and national ministries of health. In this report, we describe and evaluate an embedded barcode within standard rapid diagnostic tests as one potential solution...
March 2, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Ali Azeez Al-Jumaili, William R Doucette
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this review were to identify the work system factors influencing medication safety measures [adverse drug events (ADEs), adverse drug reactions, or medication errors (MEs)], to determine the incidence of ADEs, and describe the most common ADEs in nursing homes (NHs). METHODS: A comprehensive literature review was conducted using PubMed and CINAHL to identify studies investigating factors that influence ADEs, adverse drug reactions, and MEs in NHs and skilled nursing facilities...
February 24, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Alberto Coustasse, Craig A Kimble, Robert B Stanton, Mariah Naylor
Healthcare regulators are directing attention to the pharmaceutical supply chain with the passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) and the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Adoption of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has the ability to improve compliance, reduce costs, and improve safety in the supply chain but its implementation has been limited; primarily because of hardware and tag costs. The purpose of this research study was to analyze the benefits to the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare system of the adoption of RFID technology as a result of newly implemented supply chain regulations...
2016: Perspectives in Health Information Management
Mark J Pallen
Microbial bioinformatics in 2020 will remain a vibrant, creative discipline, adding value to the ever-growing flood of new sequence data, while embracing novel technologies and fresh approaches. Databases and search strategies will struggle to cope and manual curation will not be sustainable during the scale-up to the million-microbial-genome era. Microbial taxonomy will have to adapt to a situation in which most microorganisms are discovered and characterised through the analysis of sequences. Genome sequencing will become a routine approach in clinical and research laboratories, with fresh demands for interpretable user-friendly outputs...
September 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
Craig A Pedersen, Philip J Schneider, Douglas J Scheckelhoff
PURPOSE: The results of the 2015 ASHP national survey of pharmacy practice in hospital settings are presented. METHODS: A stratified random sample of pharmacy directors at 1432 U.S. general and children's medical-surgical hospitals were surveyed using a mixed-mode method. IMS Health supplied data on hospital characteristics; the survey sample was drawn from IMS's hospital database. RESULTS: The survey response rate was 22.7%. Since the 2000 survey, the proportion of hospitals reporting that pharmacists monitor at least 75% of patients has increased from 20...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Yuan-Han Huang, Anand K Gramopadhye
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate violations against work standards associated with using a new health information technology (HIT) system. Relevant recommendations for implementing HIT in rural hospitals are provided and discussed to achieve meaningful use. Design/methodology/approach - An observational study is conducted to map medication administration process while using a HIT system in a rural hospital. Follow-up focus groups are held to determine and verify potential adverse factors related to using the HIT system while passing drugs to patients...
May 9, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Hui-Ping Cheng, Ting-Ting Lee, Chieh-Yu Liu, I-Ching Hou
BACKGROUND: Healthcare organizations have increasingly adopted barcode technology to improve care quality and work efficiency. Barcode technology is simple to use, so it is frequently used in patient identification, medication administration, and specimen collection processes. PURPOSE: This study used a technology acceptance model and innovation diffusion theory to explore the innovation acceptance of barcode technology by nurses. METHODS: The data were collected using a structured questionnaire with open-ended questions that was based on the technology acceptance model and innovation diffusion theory...
April 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
P Tracol
Patient safety requires speedy detection of any medical device malfunction; this is known as "materials vigilance". It entails the need to be able to trace back the life-long pathway of a device; this is "traceability". European regulations enact free circulation of medical devices throughout the European Union, with each member state being responsible for safety within its own territory. Medical devices are divided into 3 categories of increasing risk. CE marking mandatory for medical devices distributed within the EU, and count as market authorizations...
February 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
C Haris Saslis-Lagoudakis, Sam Bruun-Lund, Natalie E Iwanycki, Ole Seberg, Gitte Petersen, Anna K Jäger, Nina Rønsted
The global herbal products market has grown in recent years, making regulation of these products paramount for public healthcare. For instance, the common horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.) is used in numerous herbal products, but it can be adulterated with closely related species, especially E. palustre L. that can produce toxic alkaloids. As morphology-based identification is often difficult or impossible, the identification of processed material can be aided by molecular techniques. In this study, we explore two molecular identification techniques as methods of testing the purity of these products: a Thin Layer Chromatography approach (TLC-test) included in the European Pharmacopoeia and a DNA barcoding approach, used in recent years to identify material in herbal products...
2015: Scientific Reports
Craig A Pedersen, Philip J Schneider, Douglas J Scheckelhoff
PURPOSE: The results of the 2014 ASHP national survey of pharmacy practice in hospital settings that pertain to dispensing and administration are described. METHODS: A stratified random sample of pharmacy directors at 1435 general and children's medical-surgical hospitals in the United States were surveyed by mail. RESULTS: In this national probability sample survey, the response rate was 29.7%. Ninety-seven percent of hospitals used automated dispensing cabinets in their medication distribution systems, 65...
July 1, 2015: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Kumanan Wilson, Katherine M Atkinson, Shelley L Deeks, Natasha S Crowcroft
Immunization registries or information systems are critical to improving the quality and evaluating the ongoing success of immunization programs. However, the completeness of these systems is challenged by a myriad of factors including the fragmentation of vaccine administration, increasing mobility of individuals, new vaccine development, use of multiple products, and increasingly frequent changes in recommendations. Mobile technologies could offer a solution, which mitigates some of these challenges. Engaging individuals to have more control of their own immunization information using their mobile devices could improve the timeliness and accuracy of data in central immunization information systems...
January 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Yu Rang Park, Yura Lee, Guna Lee, Jae Ho Lee, Soo-Yong Shin
Smartphones have been widely used recently to monitor heart rate and activity, since they have the necessary processing power, non-invasive and cost-effective sensors, and wireless communication capabilities. Consequently, healthcare applications (apps) using smartphone-based sensors have been highlighted for non-invasive physiological monitoring. In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance. However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently...
2015: Sensors
Lindsay Bree Brown
Anesthesia is one of the few areas in healthcare with no secondary verification of medication administration, yet it also has the highest number of administered medications, most of which are high-alert medications. Anesthetists often prescribe, dispense, mix, relabel, administer, and document medications without secondary verification. To increase patient safety, vigilance is one of the basic principles of anesthesia delivery in addition to the other fundamentals of medication administration. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation recommends implementing standardizations, barcode medication administration, and the use of prefilled or premixed syringes to assist in the safe delivery of anesthesia...
December 2014: AANA Journal
Jolanda M Maaskant, Hester Vermeulen, Bugewa Apampa, Bernard Fernando, Maisoon A Ghaleb, Antje Neubert, Sudhin Thayyil, Aung Soe
BACKGROUND: Many hospitalised patients are affected by medication errors (MEs) that may cause discomfort, harm and even death. Children are at especially high risk of harm as the result of MEs because such errors are potentially more hazardous to them than to adults. Until now, interventions to reduce MEs have led to only limited improvements. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing MEs and related harm in hospitalised children...
March 10, 2015: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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