Top NewsTift Regional wins award for improving medication administration
Vizient MidSouth recognized Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) with a Brilliance Award for proactive management of barcode medication administration. The award was presented on March 2 at a ceremony held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
“The Brilliance Awards provide an excellent opportunity for Vizient MidSouth members to connect and learn about best practices from other organizations,” said David McDonald, Interim President and CEO of Vizient MidSouth. “Our members have successfully improved patient care in their communities, and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments.”
Mindy McStott, TRHS Vice President of Quality Management, said TRHS was recognized for improving medication safety using a multidisciplinary approach to increase barcode medication administration compliance on the medical/surgical units and intensive care unit at Tift Regional Medical Center.
“Barcoded medication administration is a system that uses barcodes to prevent human errors in the administration of prescription medications at hospitals,” said McStott. “The goal is to make sure that patients are receiving the correct medications at the correct time by electronically validating and documenting medications. The information encoded in barcodes allows for the comparison of the medication being administered with what was ordered for the patient.”
McStott said the risk of medication error at the point of medication administration has been reduced as evidenced by an increase in the safe medication pass rate, exceeding a set goal.
“We received this award thanks to the team effort provided by our physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals,” she said. “The success of the collaborative team to produce the desired outcomes supports the use of team approach to improve quality performance. As a hospital system, we work to continuously improve our performance standards.”
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