Improving Bar Code Medication Administration Compliance in a Community Hospital Through a Nursing Leadership Initiative

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Achieving optimal compliance for bar code medication administration (BCMA) in mature medication use systems is challenging due to the iterative system refinements over time. A nursing leadership initiative increased BCMA compliance, measured as a composite across all hospital units, from 95% to 98%, discovering unanticipated benefits and unintended consequences in the process. The methodology used provides valuable insight into effective strategies for BCMA optimization with applicability for other, similar quality improvement initiatives.

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