Ok, I have to ask

  1. As a nurse in Quebec, I have no idea what an MAR is.I see it referred to frequently here. Obviously it has something to do with giving meds, but what?

    And do you really have bar codes on patients' bracelets?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   JohnBearPA
    Medication Administration Record, basically the "book" in a loose-leaf binder with pt med info, which I'm sure you guys have too, probably just called something differfent.

    I've worked at a facility with the bar-code system. You scan the barcode on the bracelet, and it identifies the pt as the correct pt for the meds to be given at that time. Kinda' fool-proof, if used correctly.
  4. by   clemmm78
    Quote from JohnBearPA
    Medication Administration Record, basically the "book" in a loose-leaf binder with pt med info, which I'm sure you guys have too, probably just called something differfent.

    I've worked at a facility with the bar-code system. You scan the barcode on the bracelet, and it identifies the pt as the correct pt for the meds to be given at that time. Kinda' fool-proof, if used correctly.

    Ah!! A med book!! LOL
    Just never heard it called anything else.
  5. by   Chaya
    Medication Administration Record. (Heard lot s of other names for them-what do you call them where you are?)

    We do get a printed out bracelet with name, bar code, hosp #, DOB, along with each sheet of pt name labels. We aren't using them for med administration-yet-where I work but we have a glucometer that will scan the barcode and display the pt's data on the screen.
  6. by   all4schwa
    yeah, but we still call it a MAR if it's on the computer and signed off electronically even though it wouldn't be in a book, or even in print because its still the record of medication administration. if you had a hand scanner and individually dosed packet of medication (as we do here). you would scan the pill, scan the patient and it's the equivalent of giving a pill and signing off the time in a big book. just high tech, and it keeps 'em honest. and, that's not everywhere. if you were in a long term care facility, they don't even wear ID braclets.
    Last edit by all4schwa on Dec 3, '06

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