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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 15, 2011 Issue | Archived Issues

Acetylcysteine Shortage, Benzocaine Product Risks

Pharmacy Focus

- Update to Fluoroquinolones Boxed Warning

- Shortage of Acetylcysteine 10% 100mg/ml Solution for Nebulization

- Benzocaine Topical Products: Risk of Methemoglobinemia

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Meetings and Events

Women and Ischemic Heart Disease Symposium
April 29

Annual Basketball Game
May 15

Clinical and Translational Research Workshop
Applications due June 1

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Bar Code Medication System Continues to Rollout

A new bar coding medication system will be rolled out to all Med/Surg units by Tuesday, April 19, following a successful pilot program on the 7SW Rehab unit.

Under the new system, patients will be given an ID wristband with imprinted bar codes. Whenever medication is administered, nurses and respiratory therapists will first verify the patient's identity, then scan the bar codes on the patient's wristband with a scanner attached to the bedside Workstation on Wheels (WOW). Next, they will scan the medication itself. If the medication does not match the physician order in CS-Link™, system alerts will appear.

Pharmacy Services evaluated the entire inventory of medications stored at Cedars-Sinai, and developed processes to ensure that every dose has a bar code on it that is readable.

Nurses on 7 SW expressed enthusiasm for the new system, which was echoed by patients and family members on the Rehab unit, which began the pilot program on March 1.

"Patients and family members could not stop raving about how 'advanced' and 'what a great idea' this technology is," said Lauren Maggini-Miller, RN, MSN, who works on 7SW. "All the patients also voiced how impressed they were regarding the lengthy measures Cedars-Sinai takes to ensure patient safety."

Overall, during the first week of the pilot go-live, the 7SW nursing staff had a 98 percent success rate of scanning their patients' wristbands correctly, and a 96 percent success rate of scanning the medications correctly.

"The most important benefit of this new system is increased patient safety," Maggini-Miller said. "This system inarguably adds another safeguard against medication errors."

ICUs, the NICU and Pediatrics are scheduled to start using the barcodes starting Tuesday, May 17. Women's Services and Thalians will start on Tuesday, June 21, completing the housewide rollout of the new wristbands.