Today eBroselow launched its newest clinical tool to help medical transport crews and emergency department staff to safely administer medication in emergency situations—in the air or on the ground. Called SafeDose ScanTM, the handheld device challenges the status quo by proving that it’s possible to prevent acute medication preparation and administration errors.
A hospital patient can expect on average to be subjected to more than one medication error each day, and 38% of serious errors are made during medication administration. Many of these errors can be prevented with instant access to clinical information at the point of care.
“In an emergency situation, healthcare professionals are hurtling toward hope and making split-second decisions that can have sweeping consequences,” said Dr. James Broselow, founder of eBroselow and inventor of the Broselow Pediatric Emergency TapeTM and Broselow ColorCode CartsTM. “They deserve better tools to accurately dose and administer medication, without having to go home wondering if they’ve made a mistake.”
eBroselow’s new SafeDose ScanTM transforms the National Drug Code (NDC) barcode on acute medications into instant critical knowledge for accurately dosing, preparing and administering medication to pediatric and adult patients. It eliminates calculations errors, and is designed to be a daily-use safety net throughout the entire acute situation. It also can be used in case of drug shortages or for offline backup during disasters and power or internet failures.
SafeDose ScanTM was developed through the collaboration of eBroselow and Honeywell, a technology manufacturing company. eBroselow’s medication safety software was integrated with Honeywell scanning devices, creating the new tool.
SafeDose ScanTM joins eBroselow’s suite of products designed to close the gap between existing systems and error-free medication administration. Its technology is being used by the largest non-profit and for-profit hospital systems in the U.S., and is shown to significantly improve medication safety.
According to a 2014 study by researchers from the University of Kentucky, medical practitioners using the eBroselow system completely eliminated clinically significant errors and increased the accuracy of prepared medications by about 25 percent. In addition, they prepared medications about eight minutes faster than practitioners using standard dosing references.
eBroselow LLC, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, is dedicated to developing a simple, safe, and effective international standard for acute drug administration. Co-founded by Drs. James Broselow and Robert Luten in 2010, eBroselow offers the latest medical innovations to improve care, increase treatment efficiency, and save lives.