At least 1.5 million Americans a year are injured after receiving the wrong medication or the incorrect dose, according to the Institute of Medicine. Such incidents have more than doubled in the last decade. Hospital administrators and healthcare officials have been talking in recent years about different ways of improving the situation. One of them is placing bar codes on all medications and swiping them into a computer programmed with information to confirm whether the proper medicine in the proper dosages is being given to the right patient.
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