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The same bar-code technology used at the supermarket is being introduced at Rice Memorial Hospital this week to help ensure the right patient and the right medication are correctly matched. The bar-coding project has been in the works since last fall. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Rice Hospital implements bar-coding system in newest effort to improve medication safety

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The same technology that scans your lettuce and ground beef at the grocery store checkout is being used at Rice Memorial Hospital to increase medication safety.

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By bar-coding both the patient's ID band and medication, hospital officials hope to provide one final check -- right patient, right medication, right dose, right route, right time -- before the medication is given.

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