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ID My Pill: A Digital Assistant for Nurses

Last update on Sept. 6, 2013.

Working in a hospital can be extremely stressful, especially for nurses. Besides working long hours, they must contend to every order doctors give them, and some doctors can be quite difficult to deal with.

To add to their long list of responsibilities, they must take care of the patients. Like doctors, some patients can also be difficult.

So, no matter how nerve-wrecking these two groups of people are, nurses must perform efficiently in their job duties — minus any errors. In fact, there is no room for medical errors.

Shall a nurse make any medical errors he or she is jeopardizing the health and life of their patients. As a result, the hospital will face a medical lawsuit and the nurse will be terminated.

The Biggest Medical Error: The Wrong Medication

One of the worst medical errors a hospital nurse can make is administering the wrong medication. It can sicken a patient; even causing death.

So what can possibly lead to such troubling consequences in the first place? The following reasons are possible factors:

  • A doctor's poor penmanship can cause a nurse to misread the recommended prescription as being another type of prescription drug
  • Several medications nowadays have similar sounding or spelling names
  • Nurses are under a great deal of pressure (long hours, multiple tasks, difficult doctors and patients; etc.). Thus, all this results in nurses being extremely fatigue

An example of the wrong medication being administered occurred in Miami in 2011. A 79-year old dialysis patient complained of an upset stomach. So, the doctor prescribed an antacid.

However, the nurse mistakenly gave him Pancuronium, a muscle relaxant used to induce paralysis.

As a result of this error, the patient went into cardiac arrest and became brain dead. He died a month later.

ID My Pill: A Life Spared, a Career Saved

Here's how ID My Pill can help a nurses:

Prior to administering any medication, the nurse can take a snapshot of the prescription drugs with their iPhone. ID My Pill uses its large database of prescription drugs to find a match.

Once a match is made, the information is provided about the medication. Afterwards the nurse will know whether the medication is right for the patient.

Conclusion

Nurses are good people yet like everyone else, they're prone to errors. Thanks to the ID My Pill iPhone app, those errors are prevented.

In short, ID My Pill works like a nurse's "digital assistant."

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