Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Barcode medication administration (BCMA) and computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) have been shown to decrease medication administration errors. Although commonly used in hospital wards, the technology is less commonly found in acute care areas like the emergency department (ED). In December 2017, BCMA and CPOE were implemented at a Veteran Affairs’ emergency department. The purpose of this quality improvement project is 1) to evaluate utilization of BCMA and CPOE in the ED and 2) survey staff to see if improvement is needed for ordering, processing, and/or administering medications using CPOE and BCMA in the ED.
Methods: A sample of 100 patients who visited the ED from March 2018 to September 2018 will be reviewed to evaluate utilization of BCMA in the ED. Patients will be chosen at random by looking up currently admitted patients with a ED visit between March 2018 and September 2018. Data will be collected regarding number of ED visits per patient, number of medications administered in the ED with or without CMA per patient, and any reason for not using BCMA. Also, a survey will be given to ED providers, nurses, and inpatient pharmacists to measure perceived improvement of patient safety and to identify any areas in need of improvement. The survey will also inquire about how quickly pharmacists are able to process medication orders for the ER.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Olivia Collado– Pharm.D. Candidate 2018, Texas A&M HSC Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Missouri City, TX