MCLEAN, Va. -- Beloit Memorial Hospital, a 175-bed
community hospital located in Beloit, Wisc., has reduced medication
administration errors by 67 percent since implementing Care Fusion's
wCareMed, a wireless mobile barcode medication administration solution.
This dramatic decrease in reported errors is consistent with findings of other
hospitals that have adopted barcode technology for medication administration.
"We have been up and running for several months and the early data shows
that we are meeting our goals and have dramatically decreased medication
errors," says Doris Mulder, RN, vice president of nursing at Beloit Memorial
Hospital. "We are excited about going forward with not only medication
administration but other Care Fusion applications as well."
Care Fusion has developed a full suite of wireless, mobile barcode enabled
technology solutions designed to improve patient safety by reducing medical
errors. Care Fusion's hand-held units scan a patient's barcode identifier
ensuring accuracy of medication administration, specimen collection, blood
transfusions and patient information charting.
"To truly impact patient safety, a wireless barcode system must support
all of the patient care needs throughout the healthcare organization," says
Kenneth Tighe, Care Fusion CEO. "We've created a full
array of wireless mobile patient care solutions that use one device, one
database, all available from one vendor, providing hospitals with a
comprehensive suite of modular solutions to reduce medical errors."
Care Fusion has been developing wireless barcode solutions over the past
three years and has worked closely with the Veterans Administration, an early
leader in adopting barcode technology for healthcare. In developing its
solutions, Care Fusion has partnered with industry leaders including Symbol
Technologies, Data Trend Technologies, Xybernaut and Iatric Systems to insure
excellence in design and implementation.
Care Fusion's solutions eliminate the need for caregivers to spend time
searching through paper or downloading information. Patient information
entered into the hand-held unit is immediately sent to a secure server where
it can be viewed by other caregivers in the system. Healthcare decisions can
then be made using real-time information. Caregivers appreciate the simplicity of a wireless system. Instead of connecting to a system or returning to a central area to download information, caregivers can focus their attention on the patient. And since patient information is never stored on the hand-held device, patient confidentiality
is not compromised.
Flexibility was a key consideration for Beloit Memorial Hospital when
implementing Care Fusion's wCareMed. While the organization opted to take
a phased approach to implementing barcode technology, they didn't have to wait
to see results. They achieved the 67 percent medication administration error
reduction in the first four months of use in their Family Care Center
(OB/GYN/nursery) and will be expanding Care Fusion's products throughout the
hospital. "We are currently planning to apply this same technology to lab
collections, radiology exams, blood administration, and dialysis. Our overall
goal is to increase safety for our patients to the highest possible level and
Care Fusion is an effective partner in this initiative," says Mulder.
Stopping a medical error before it happens protects more than a single
patient. Each error detected is an opportunity to get to the root cause of
why mistakes happen. "For every prevented error there is a patient who won't
have to experience unnecessary pain, injury or inconvenience," says Tighe,
"but the long-term benefit of this technology is that organizations can fix
the processes that allow errors in the first place."
Care Fusion is a leading provider of barcode enabled positive patient
identification systems that support the clinical workflow of nursing,
laboratory and blood bank personnel.
Source: Care Fusion