New global standard for hospital supply chain process

New global standard for hospital supply chain process

GS! medical bar code Orion_ProductsBoxes_Combined

A GS1 healthcare work group has developed a new GS1 standard to provide guidance on how to identify healthcare products at the single-unit level.

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of preventable adverse events in the healthcare system. Identification of a medicine, up to the moment of administration, is therefore a key element of a safe medicine dispensing procedure in hospitals. Preliminary studies have suggested the use of bar codes on medicines to the single unit level can help to reduce medication error rates by 41.4% .

Point-of-care verification systems and traceability systems rely on the effective capture of data of healthcare products at all packaging levels, whenever dispensed, administered, distributed or used. But until today, hospitals were confronted with the lack of globally harmonised standards on how to identify products at lower levels of packaging such as a single-packed catheter or the individual blister cell from a multi-cell blister card.

A GS1 healthcare work group, consisting of over 80 supply chain experts, took the challenge of agreeing to clarify and update the GS1 standards to provide guidance on how to identify healthcare products at the single-unit, level also referred to as the


You may also like to read:

Comments are closed.


Sign up with your business email address to keep up with the latest industry news from T&L. Newsletter sent every week.

Most Read

Recycled plastic railway sleepers laid in Victoria
Trains travelling through Richmond in Victoria will now be r...
Caught in the middle: shippers, truckers suffer wharf strikes
Shipping lines are being urged to provide detention relief a...
Spotlight on Promat 2019 – from MHD magazine
Mal Walker In early April I had the opportunity to visit Pr...
Logistics hotspots of skills in demand
The second of Hays’ bi-annual Logistics Job Reports for th...
Join the Network – from MHD magazine
As commerce, in general, has become more competitive and adv...
384kg of cocaine found in excavator worth $144m
The largest ever drug interception operation coordinated by ...

Supported By