Pascal Bonnabry, Geneva University Hospital received the April 2016 GS1 Healthcare Provider Recognition Award for his ongoing contribution to implementation of GS1 standards in the Swiss healthcare sector. The hospital piloted the use of GS1 standards to achieve full traceability of cytotoxic drugs in its medication process. At the same time, the hospital found it could increase efficiency in the process and increase safety for its patients.
Geneva University Hospital is now identifying the patient and caregiver with a GS1 Global Service Relation Number (GSRN) encoded in a GS1 DataMatrix barcode on each patient’s wristband and caregiver’s ID badge, as well as identifying the drugs administered with a Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), serial number and expiry date encoded in a DataMatrix barcode on the pack.
Pr Pascal Bonnabry, Head of Pharmacy, advised about the lessons learned during the pilot, including the need to:
• Involve experts of standards
• Use robust technologies such as data carriers and scanners to read and capture automatically the data
• Develop a strategy and start small, then “scale-up” with selected processes
• Involve the hospital users