How Could Gum Be More Advanced Than Medication Management?
In June 1974, Clyde Dawson pulled a packet of Juicy Fruit gum out of his grocery basket and it was scanned by Sharon Buchanon at 8:01 am in a store. This was the first product scanned with a bar code (UPC) at a check-out.
Over twenty years later, in 1995, Glenna Sue Kennick implemented the first BCMA (Bar Code Medication Administration) at the Colmery-O’Niel Veteran Medication Center in Topeka, KS to improve the quality and safety of medication administration.
It’s safe to say, our industry has historically been behind the times. It’s somewhat alarming that chewing gum has had more consistent safe guards than a facility’s medication management. Today, the industry has improved their safety and quality care tremendously. QuickMAR, the leading eMAR solution ensures:
- Accurate scans (reduction of errors)
- Efficient processes
- Reduced errors
A case study to consider: A facility implemented bar-coded medication verification technology embedded in an eMAR. A reduction of 41% in incorrect dosing and a 51% reduction in potential ADEs (Adverse Drug Event) associated with those errors. There was also a 27% decrease in errors associated with the timing of medication administration. Based on these findings, it was estimated that BCMA could prevent approximately 95,000 potential ADEs each year at the point of medication administration, as well as an additional 50,000 potential ADEs related to transcription errors.
Learn how the top eMAR solution, QuickMAR, can increase quality care and safety and help reduce errors within your facility today!