Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA)

An inpatient clinical decision support system to assist caregivers with the five rights of medication administration (right patient, right drug, right dose, right route and right time). BCMA systems provide warnings if any of the five rights are compromised, and many BCMA systems require the nurse to enter an override reason if he/she chooses to proceed. In addition, BCMA systems promote right documentation (some hospitals call this the sixth right of medication administration).


Dumitru, Doina. The Pharmacy Informatics Primer. Ist ed. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2009. 

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