Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "Data were collected for administered high-risk, high-alert medication, primary registered nurses who administered the high-risk, high-alert medication, and secondary registered nurses who verified the medication. The percentage of medications that were 'not verified,' 'Personalized Bar-Code Identification verified,' and 'verified' using a method other than the Personalized Bar-Code Identification was calculated and compared using Z tests for two proportions. The percentage of Personalized Bar-Code Identification-verified medications (83.5%) was significantly higher than the percentage of medications that were not verified (10.9%) (Z = 38.43, P< .05). Also, the difference between the proportion of the Personalized Bar-Code Identification-verified medications and those that were verified using another method (5.6%) was significant (Z = 41.42, P< .05)."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The results show that nurses generally tend to follow the standardized procedure for verifying high-risk, high-alert medications in the four ICUs."
For more information on this research see: Evaluation of the Personalized Bar-code Identification Card to Verify High-Risk, High-Alert Medications. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing, 2013;31(9):412-421. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing can be contacted at:
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