Guelph General Hospital, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
This 165-bed acute care hospital serving a community of 180,000 people sought to reduce medication errors and increase efficiency. By switching from a labor-intensive process to Omnicell automated medication dispensing with bar code scanning, the facility was able to improve the medication administration process for nursing and reduce medication errors.
Guelph General Hospital achieved these benefits:
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- Medication incidents decreased from 90 to 66 in a three-month period.
- The number of missing medications fell from 17 per day to 2.5 per day.
- The number of out-of-stock medications fell from 22 per day to 3.25 per day.
- Time elapsed between an order written and the medication being available dropped from nearly 4.5 hours to 42 minutes.