Evaluation of the use of bar-code medication administration in nursing practice using an evidence-based checklist.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The goal of this project was to determine whether the use of bar-code medication administration complied with current evidence as to how it should be used. Using an evidence-based checklist, we performed a gap analysis on bar-code medication administration (BCMA) in an acute care setting. Compliance with current evidence was identified through observation and unstructured nurse interviews. Based on findings from the initial gap analysis, quality improvement initiatives were implemented followed by a reassessment to identify possible improvement of the identified gaps. Initially, there was 72% compliance with current evidence-based practices using BCMA. After implementation of initial quality improvement initiatives targeting 3 of 9 areas with deficits in compliance, compliance was found to be 81%. The evidence-based checklist was helpful in identifying gaps in current performance and opportunities for improvement with BCMA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harrington, L; Clyne, K; Fuchs, MA; Hardison, V; Johnson, C

Published Date

  • November 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 611 - 617

PubMed ID

  • 24153204

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-0721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-0443

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.nna.0000434504.69428.a2


  • eng