I am not a nurse and know nothing about new technology in preventing medication errors.
I am a pre-nursing student working through my pre-req's right now.
I have an upcoming paper on any technology topic I'd like to choose.
I would love to write about the technology being implemented, or in the works, for preventing medication errors in hospitals.
So, I am not asking anyone to do my homework for me
I would just love it if someone could let me know what types of things are being used - what kind of technology - so that I can dig deeper into the topic, and hopefully find something I'd like to write about.
I only know of dosages being calculated by nurses, but it seems I read something here a year or two ago about some type of scanning device for meds???
Any help would be appreciated!
"Medication profiling" is another mechanism used to help prevent errors. The majority of our meds are kept in and dispensed by big machines called Pyxis, Omnicell, Suremed, etc. The machines have a touch-screen monitor. You pick your patient and only those medications that have been ordered for that patient and approved by the pharmacist will show up on the screen. You pick the med you want to get out and a drawer with that med pops out. If a patient is not ordered for Prilosec, you won't be able to get Prilosec out of the machine. This helps reduce the risk of accidentally grabbing the wrong med or wrong dose. There are some emergency medications like morphine and epinephrine that nurses can override and get out if necessary.
Last edit by April, RN on Oct 6, '10