Electronic Documentation & Bar Coding of Medications

In autumn 2009 MacNeal Hospital implemented McKesson nursing documentation and medication bar coding. The implementation of bar coding medication represented progress in preventing medication errors. This project was multidisciplinary with strong involvement from information systems, dietary, pharmacy and the therapy department.

In the design phase, nurses selected evidence-based methodologies to improve their documentation potential. Nurses also made hardware decisions as they evaluated mobile computers and selected wall-mounted computers at the bedside.