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Preventing medication administration error at Gelre Hospitals, the Netherlands

Gelre Hospitals updated their internal processes to take advantage of new technologies combined with GS1 barcodes. 

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The context

An initial study at Gelre revealed that more than 3% of medication administrations were erroneous. The organisation introduced a computerised prescriber order-entry system, a barcode-assisted dispensing system and a bedside assortment picking system in effort to reduce the number of medication errors.

Through their implementation of GS1 barcodes, combined with IT technologies, Gelre has made substantial strides in helping to reduce medication administration errors. This enabled clinical staff to deliver safer, more efficient care.