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ent drugs like fentanyl and hydromorphone. Even with tall- man lettering and different drug names, the syringes look physi- cally identical — which can cause confusion if someone is in a hurry. 6. Barcoding In order to get the most out of a lot of these technologies, you should implement barcoded tracking of all your medications. There are many ways that barcoding can help your facility increase its safety standards. On the medication administration side, scanning barcoded medications and barcoded patient ID bracelets helps ensure you're giving the right drug to the right patient at the right time. A barcoding tracking system can also be set up with alerts that let you know if, for example, you're about to administer a medication at the wrong time. In the future, barcoding will help reduce errors when smart pumps are integrated with EMRs. In this scenario, the patient, IV medication and smart pump will be scanned to populate the fields of the pump with the infusion parameters instead of you having to manually pro- gram the parameters. OSM A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 5 Newer drug disposal systems destroy excess drugs and render them unusable, which prevents staff members from diverting drug waste for illicit purposes.

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