Posted on December 15, 2018 in: Pharmacy Technology
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization trying to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in the United States. The group collects and reports hospital performance through a survey hospitals complete. The survey asks questions related to computerized physician order entry systems (CPOE), surgery, maternity care, intensive care unit (ICU) physician staffing, safe practices, patient safety errors, medication safety and pediatric care.
Two of these measurements where organizations are falling short is to complete barcode medication administration (BCMA) and have processes and structures in place to prevent workarounds.1
The standard is for organizations to:
Of the seven CDS elements for BCMA, the majority of hospitals are missing a built in vital sign check during BCMA. There are also deficiencies in monitoring and preventing workarounds.
Ideas on how to improve meeting the CDS standard include, but are not limited to:
Due to deficits in discouraging workarounds of the BCMA process, the Leapfrog Group will be implementing additional criteria for the next survey cycle with a meets standard of meeting six out of the eight criteria.2 These additional criteria include:
What is your organization doing to improve these two measurements? Post your response or request access to Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists IT List Serve if you don’t already have access at firstname.lastname@example.org, then post your response.