14. You increase your waste of time and money if your case is: you do not have barcode at the process, instead of having everything controlled electronically when pass from one step, to the following.
It is a general rule of thumb, that can be applied to many process at the healthcare operation: use of barcode generally reduces from 10 to 1 the incidence of errs. Reduction is about 90% and when you applied that reduction to many points of the process, the incidence on process quality is outstanding.
Nothing can be more important than use of barcodes at the different points of the logistics. It should be made at the exact point of use of the medicine.
Results are better when you control, your administration, with barcode again at the bed side before Administration.
If Adverse Events are 10% of attentions, without barcode it will raise up to 30%. That is additional 20%.
At a 200 bed hospital, 85 % occupancy, 20% additional adverse events for not having bar code, 50% of them are avoidable, 30% of them at Medication process and 40% of them at Administration with 50% moderate, this will affect 61patients per month, considering 3 additional days of the patient at the hospital at 800 u$s per day is 73,200 u$s.
It saves: 73,200 dollars having bar code per month.