mounted on the medication carts and COWs so they could perform BCMA at the POC.
BCMA implementation is a complex project that requires a multidisciplinary team and careful workflow analysis of the issues
concerning nursing, pharmacy, IT and admitting. The efforts for
preparation of the pharmacy and UD medications should not be
under-estimated. Suboptimal implementation may lead to poor
adoption or to nurses using BCMA workarounds.
Most importantly, the improvement of patient safety is contingent on appropriate BCMA workflow. BCMA is a complement to
good patient care, and is not a substitute for good clinical practice.
The patient identification and medication administration documentation must happen at the POC, and mechanisms to monitor
workflow compliance must be ongoing.
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