Walmart supports Excellence in Healthcare
The Bemidji Walmart Supercenter has donated $1,000 to the North Country Health Services Foundation's current project, Excellence in Healthcare.
The donation supports the new Bedside Medication Verification system at North Country Regional Hospital. BMV technology is one component of the NCHS Foundation project as well as a patient safety initiative throughout North Country Health Services.
Scanning devices will be used at the bedside to help ensure patients receive the proper medication. The BMV system works like this: As patients check in, they are given ID wristbands with their own personal bar codes linked to their computerized medical records. After review for allergies, interactions, duplicate therapy and dosage errors, clinical pharmacists enter doctors' medication orders into the hospital computer system. The orders then appear on patients' drug profiles.
Whenever a medication needs to be administered, the nurse waves a handheld scanner over the ID bracelet to verify the patient's identity. It also links to the patient's personal medication profile. The drugs, which have their own bar codes, are scanned as well to confirm that the patient is receiving the right dose of the right medication at the right time.
Other items in the Excellence in Healthcare package include: GeneXpert System lab equipment, 12 room renovations, Same Day Surgery TVs, indoor and outdoor healing gardens, and spoken menu technology. To support the project, call the NCHS Foundation at 333-5515.