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Mercy's number one priority is to provide the best possible care for you, our patient. Therefore, we have implemented a medication administration system called Bedside Medication Verification/electronic Medication Administration Record (BMV/eMAR) throughout the inpatient areas at Mercy. To ensure you are receiving the right medication at the correct dosage, a nurse will use a handheld scanner to scan your wristband and the medication to make sure they match.
Mercy's commitment to providing patient-centered care with a focus on quality and safety is the reason we have implemented the bar coding system. Patients will see the following changes with the implementation of BMV/eMAR:
Bar-coded medication administration is considered much safer and an ultimate goal of most healthcare organizations. While 23% of U.S. hospitals have adopted bar code technology to ensure safety during medication administration, only half have fully implemented the technology.*
*Source: American Hospital Association, Forward Momentum: Hospital Use of Information Technology, 2005