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Bridge Medical white paper examines evidence of barcoding success in medical error prevention

SOLANA BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 17, 2002--A new study reports 40 potentially harmful drug errors a day, on average, in the 36 hospitals and nursing homes examined. Today, Bridge Medical -- a company that has been honored for its patient safety technology and educational initiatives -- released a new white paper that offers promise of an affordable, easy-to-affect remedy for these and other medical errors.

The white paper reviews evidence of "The Effect of Barcode-enabled Point of Care Technology on Patient Safety." Barcode technology has been shown to help prevent the most common errors Auburn University Professor Kenneth N. Barker, PhD, cited in a recent study. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study found that errors occurred in nearly one of five doses in a typical, 300-bed hospital (i.e., approx. two errors per patient daily). Seven percent of the errors were considered potentially harmful.

"As stakeholders in the quality improvement of this nation's healthcare, we must recognize the vulnerability of the patient in all of us," writes Institute for Safe Medication Practices President Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, DSc, FASHP, in the foreword.

"When a practice or technology exists that is proven to reduce error, it is our shared responsibility to communicate its efficacy. A technology has begun to take center stage demonstrating impressive results and demanding our attention. Barcode enabled point-of-care (BPOC) systems provide a safeguard against error at the most vulnerable stage in the medication use process -- during administration. Peer-reviewed studies validating BPOC technology efficacy, industry movement to establish a healthcare barcoding standard, and the announcement of a future FDA ruling mandating manufacturer-applied barcodes testify to BPOC systems' coming of age. Its effective use can save lives and dollars while increasing overall staff efficien
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Contact: Carol Somer
csomer@bridgemedical.com
858-314-5538
Bridge Medical, Inc.
17-Oct-2002


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