Harris Methodist H•E•B Debuts Bedside Scanner
09/17/2004

BEDFORD, TEXAS – Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital is the first hospital in Tarrant County to implement a bedside medication barcode scanning system called Admin Rx™ to ensure that patients receive the correct medication in the proper dose at the right time.

The system, called Admin Rx™, uses a hand-held device similar to a PDA to scan bar codes on the nurse’s hospital identification badge, the medicine to be administered and the patient’s ID bracelet. All three must match or the computer will issue a warning to alert the nurse of a potential problem.

Admin Rx™ ensures that the five rights of medication administration are in place so that the right patient receives the right dose of the right drug at the right time using the correct method of administration, explained Jerry Harrison, MS, RN, CNAA, director of Inpatient Nursing Services at Harris Methodist H•E•B.

 “Admin Rx™ is an additional checkpoint before medication is given to a patient,” Harrison said. “It helps us continue our efforts to enhance patient safety by focusing on preventing problems before they occur.”

“This system is one of several medication safety strategies Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital has successfully implemented,” said pharmacy director Ann Bouras. “Technology using information systems to verify physician orders, automated unit-of use packaging and robotic dispensing provide a total package that enhances patient safety and quality outcomes.”

Currently, Admin Rx™ is being phased in across the hospital, with the Progressive Care Unit (PCU), Cardiac Step-down Unit (CSU) and Tower 4, a medical unit, already using the new system. Other areas of the hospital will phase in Admin Rx™ over the next several months.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973.  Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.

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