Tag Archives: Barcodes

A “no-mistakes sponge system” — bar-coded sponges in the OR

While not directly related to pharmacy, the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System is kinda’ cool. The system uses low-tech barcode technology to prevent surgical sponges from being left behind in patients. Simple yet effective. “The system uses sterile bar-coded sponges and a computer … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Aethon launches TraySafe at #ASHPSM15 in Denver

I’ve been at the ASHP Summer Meeting in Denver this week roaming the exhibit hall looking for interesting new products. One product that caught my attention was TraySafe by Aethon. TraySafe is a medication tray management system. There are several … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmacy Practice | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Saturday morning coffee [July 14 2012]

So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the taps that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The coffee mug to the right was part … Continue reading

Posted in Saturday Coffee | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

More problematic barcodes

Recently I’ve heard of hospitals having problems with barcodes on pre-mixed IV bags. The problem isn’t related to the legibility or quality of the barcodes, but rather the location and/or the information contained within the barcode itself.

Posted in Barcoding, Medication Safety | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Using bar codes and a cell phone camera to avoid food allergies

ScanAvert is an application that uses the camera on your cell phone to read product bar codes and compare the ingredients to a personalized allergy list on the company website. The product was launched at the Health 2.0 conference in … Continue reading

Posted in Medication Safety, Mobile Computing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on creating a BCMA cross reference file

Our facility is gearing up to implement bar code medication administration (BCMA) in February 2010. Part of getting ready is making sure that all the medications dispensed from the pharmacy are bar code ready. If the medication isn’t bar coded … Continue reading

Posted in Barcoding | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Pediatric labels for bar code medication administration (BCMA)

One of the questions marks surrounding BCMA, known as MAK in Siemens language, is how to label pediatric oral syringes. Unlike most adult unit-dosed medications, pediatric dosages come in a variety of sizes. Where an adult patient may receive 25mg … Continue reading

Posted in Barcoding | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

“What’d I miss?” – Week of June 29th

As usual there were a lot of things that happened during the week, and not all of it was pharmacy or technology related. Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found interesting.

Posted in What'd I miss | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

RFID vs. barcode

Barcode.com: “RFID, or radio frequency technology, uses a tag applied to a product in order to identify and track it via radio waves. The 2 parts that make up the tag are an integrated circuit and an antenna. While the … Continue reading

Posted in Barcoding, RFID | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Apple patent details RFID tag reader.

9to5mac.com: “RFID reader built into the screen?  We’re not quite sure why they’d need to do this (as opposed to putting the reader somewhere else in the device) but Apple has put a patent application on this.” – In addition, … Continue reading

Posted in iPhone, RFID | Tagged , , | 1 Comment