Journal Article

Computer-assisted bar-coding system significantly reduces clinical laboratory specimen identification errors in a pediatric oncology hospital.

Hayden RT, Patterson DJ, Jay DW, et al. The Journal of pediatrics. 2008;152:219-24.

Bar-coding technology has been associated with reductions in drug-dispensing errors but has also been associated with unintended consequences. This study implemented a bar-coding system for laboratory specimen identification, with careful attention to integrating the new system within existing laboratory workflow.