Hospital error avoidance system

CAFC
  • US 4,857,713 A
  • Filed: 02/14/1986
  • Issued: 08/15/1989
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/14/1986
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A hospital error limiting system employing bar codes for identifying patients, medications, goods, services and procedures comprising:

  • host computer means for maintaining a patient history file, which indicates when particular medications, goods, services or procedures were delivered to a particular patient in the past, and a physician instruction file, which indicate what particular medications, goods, services or procedures are to be given to a particular patient at a particular time interval.communication link means to link said host computer means to a portable computer means for transferring said patient history file and said physician instruction file between said host computer means and said portable computer means.wherein said portable computer means comprises a portable memory means for storing said patient history file and said physician instruction file,portable bar code reading means for identifying a patient by reading a bar code provided to said patient, and for identifying medications, good, services or procedures proposed to be delivered to said patient, by reading a bar code provided on said medications, goods, services or procedures,portable processing means for processing the bar codes read by said portable bar code reading means so as to determine if said identified medications, goods, services or procedures are permitted to be delivered to said identified patient, according to said patient history file and said physician instruction file in said portable memory means, and for updating said patient history file in said portable memory means if said identified medications, goods, services or procedures are permitted to be delivered to said identified patient,wherein said determination requires that said identified medications, goods, services or procedures are related to said identified patient in said physician instruction file in the portable memory means and that said identified medications, goods, services or procedures would be delivered to said identified patient at an appropriate time according to when identified medications, goods, services or procedures were lasts delivered to the identified patient in the past as indicated in the patient history file in the portable memory means and according to the time interval in said physician instruction file in said portable memory means to grant permission to deliver said identified medications, goods, services or procedures, and portable display means for indicating the determination of said portable processing means,Wherein said patient history file in said host computer means is updated periodically by transferring said updated patient history file in said portable computer means to said host computer means via said communication link means.

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