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New Health and Medical Informatics Study Findings Recently Were Reported by M. Thomas and Co-Researchers

February 25, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medical Informatics. According to news reporting out of Hines, Illinois, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "An effective intervention to decrease medication errors related to high-risk, high-alert medications is to implement double checks and second verification using the five rights of medication administration. To evaluate the effectiveness and use of the Personalized Bar-Code Identification card in verifying high-risk, high-alert medications, the High-Risk, High-Alert Medication Verification Audit Tool was used to collect data from the medical records of patients who received high-risk, high-alert medications in four ICUs."

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: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Thomas, Vet Affairs Healthcare Syst, Hines, IL, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Hines, Illinois, United States, North and Central America, Health and Medical Informatics

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