As the proliferation of bar codes continues apace in hospital pharmacies, both the level of sophistication and the number of applicable areas of use have also increased. In addition to BCMA adoption, the safety benefits of bar coding items for identification and verification are being realized by more facilities during ADC stocking, medication and asset tracking, formulary and drug database reference, and smart pump administration. The benefits of bar code scanning are clear as this process reduces the potential for human error and permits the transmission of data with accuracy and immediacy.
Now, you can enjoy the benefits of bar code scanning when looking for more information on the products and services featured in the pages of PP&P. Have you seen a symbol that looks like this at your local supermarket, retail store, or in your consumer magazines?
This two-dimensional bar code is called a QR code, or quick response code, readable by most smart phones with a camera and scanning application. To put this new technology to work for you, follow these easy steps:
For more information, see page S13 in the enclosed State of Pharmacy Compounding supplement. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen
P.S. We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2010 Survey Grand Prize—Michael Sieg, Sherry Cooper, and Tracy Friziele (l to r)! Michael is the director of pharmacy at St. John’s Hospital in Berryville, Arkansas; Sherry and Tracy are members of his valuable pharmacy technicians group. Randomly selected from among all responses to PP&P’s many surveys throughout 2010, Michael was awarded three 16GB Apple iPads—one for him and two to distribute among his staff.
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