HUDGINS: MTMC implements new technology

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Middle Tennessee Medical Center has implemented a Bar Code Med Administration system – barcode technology that allows nurses to scan patients’ armbands and medication to ensure accuracy in dosage, delivery and timing.

 According to a hospital press release, barcodes provide a valuable verification of medication administration by assuring that the “five rights” are confirmed — right patient, right medication, right dose, right time and right route of administration. Now, nurses can scan a patient’s armband and then the medication to validate it is the correct product.

Many hospitals are just beginning to use this technology, which has shown when used at the patient’s bedside it dramatically reduces medication administration errors, according to the Institute of Medicine.

Recent estimates indicate that only 2 to 4 percent of hospitals are currently using barcodes to reduce medication administration errors, according to the Center for Business Innovation.

“We are always looking for new ways to utilize technology to improve patient safety,” said Kelly Miles, chief nursing officer at MTMC. “The barcode technology has been used in hospitals for quite some time, but not necessarily to address patient safety. We’re confident our use of the system will result in better outcomes for our patients.”

Retailer celebrates anniversary

Altar’d State, the self-dubbed “next big thing in retail,” celebrated its one-year anniversary in Murfreesboro this weekend.

“We are so excited to be celebrating our first birthday in Murfreesboro,” said Brian Mason, president of Altar’d State. “It is because of the support of the community that we have reached this significant mark.”

Altar’d State is a unique retail concept that offers a distinctive shopping experience for women interested in the latest fashions, the most anticipated accessories and that next great gift.

Aside from providing all the latest trends, Altar’d State distinguishes itself by supporting charitable causes in the community. Through what is known as Mission Mondays, the company donates 10 percent of net proceeds to various local charities every Monday. Altar’d State also supports its communities by funding monthly employee volunteer hours and seeking vendor partners that share the company’s philosophy of giving back.

State Farm presents grant to nonprofit

State Farm Insurance will present a $25,000 grant to local nonprofit Special Kids for its summer day camp, Camp Ability, on Wednesday, June 27, at the Special Kids Investor Luncheon held at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.

Camp Ability of Special Kids won the grant in an online voting contest on Facebook through the State Farm Youth Advisory Board Cause An Effect program. More than 3,000 applications were submitted to the board that narrowed the list to 100 finalists. Camp Ability received more than 16,000 votes to secure a spot in the Top 40 organizations that received the $25,000 grant.

“We are so thankful to State Farm for this wonderful opportunity,” said Brandon Deal, Camp Ability director. “These funds will help us to grow our much-needed program in Rutherford County and the surrounding areas.”

State Farm Agency Field Executive Geralyn McQuary will present the grant at the Special Kids Investor Luncheon held during a typical day of Camp Ability. The community is invited to join McQuary and State Farm at 11:30 a.m. for lunch provided by Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q and for a tour of the summer camp.

Camp Ability of Special Kids is a summer day camp for people from 6 years old to 25 years old with special needs.

The program provides children with special needs an opportunity to be physically active and gain self confidence, social skills, and independence while bonding with others who share in their same challenges.

The State Farm grant will allow Camp Ability to expand its life skills program for older campers to volunteer and work at different businesses and nonprofits during camp hours and will allow the organization to add recreation equipment for campers to be more physically active.

The Cause An Effect program is a State Farm crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, which lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook, according to a  press release.

“Cause An Effect empowers consumers to identify problems in their community, connects local nonprofits to problems they can help solve and provides an opportunity for communities to receive funding to help solve the problems,” according to the press release. “The program has been inspired by the incredible number of neighborhoods that are coming together to solve a problem or improve their community.”

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