Georgetown Hospital System Introduces Bedside Medication Verification

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on June 14, 2007

Georgetown Hospital System Introduces Bedside Medication Verification

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Georgetown, SC— Georgetown Hospital System is beginning a new Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) project. BMV allows caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications. Caregivers will scan the bar code on the patient’s wristband and on the medications to ensure the “Five Rights” of medication management: Right Patient, Right Medication, Right Dosage, Right Route, and Right Time.

The implementation of this patient safety initiative will begin at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in May and once completed will be introduced at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

“Thanks to this advanced technology we are able to double check patient medication which helps to prevent medication errors,” said WCH Pharmacy Director David Brown, “This initiative helps solidify our commitment to ensuring our patients receive the best and most advanced care possible.”

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