VA Wins Cheers Award For Safe Practices

The VA was honored last week at the Cheers Awards by the Independent Institute for Safe Medication Practices for their use of bar code technology for medication administration. The Cheers Awards tributes agencies, both public and private, for maintaining high standards for preventing patient injury and medication errors.

The VA’s health care system has integrated the use of bar codes on patient wristbands for over ten years and was one of the first organizations to do so. Each bar code contains an exclusive number assigned to only one patient.

When medication is dispersed, it is first scanned and compared to the patient’s unique bar code to ensure the patient receives the proper medication in the proper dose. In the ten years since the implication of this process, more than 1.3 billion doses of medication have passed through the system.

The VA’s bar code process has also been recognized for its effectiveness by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, and has won the Federal Technology Leadership Award. This latest award demonstrates the VA’s continued dedication to patient safety.

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