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Eisenhower Mem. 1st CA hospital to use Bridge barcode system to prevent medication errors

Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) President and CEO G. Aubrey Serfling announced today that Eisenhower is the first California healthcare provider to embark on a program to use barcode technology to intercept both medication and blood transfusion errors at the hospital bedside. EMC has contracted to begin deploying Bridge Medicals MedPoint patient safety software system at its 261-bed Eisenhower Memorial Hospital.

Both EMC and Bridge are in Southern California and both are pioneers in their respective fields. In addition to Eisenhower Memorialthe Coachella Valleys only not-for-profit hospitalEMC also includes the Betty Ford Center, Barbara Sinatra Childrens Center and Annenberg Center for Health Sciences.

Our new agreement with Bridge is consistent with Eisenhowers longterm commitment to deliver the best and safest possible healthcare, said Serfling. We are continuously improving patient care and service through the study, analysis and refinement of all our processes and systems. Deploying Bridges state-of-the-art technology is one of many steps we are taking to continue to fulfill our pledge to give Eisenhower patients the most advanced, error-free care possible.

Many of our patients are seniors. Most take many medications. Some are already in fragile health before they get here. MedPoint is an additional safety mechanism to ensure that all our patients especially the most vulnerableare as safe as possible.

First Drug/Blood/Lab Error Safeguard

MedPoint is the only barcode-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) software system to afford hospitals the assurance of medication administration verification, and blood product administration verification, and laboratory specimen identification. The award-winning technology has been endorsed by several leading hospital associations for its unique ability to keep hospital patients safe from these three common error categories.

MedPoint acts as a safety net at the bedside before medication
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Contact: Carol Somer
csomer@bridgemedical.com
858-314-5538
Bridge Medical, Inc.
20-May-2002


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