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Program prevents medication errors

YAKIMA, Wash. - When you go to the hospital you expect to be taken care of, but a new report finds mistakes can be made along the way.

According to the Institution of Medicine, a hospital patient is subject to at least one medication error per day.

However, Yakima Memorial Hospital has a program that is preventing medication errors, said officials.

It's called the Medication Administration Check Program, also known as MAC.

Each nurse, patient and medication is assigned a specific barcode, said Linda Haralson, Memorial Nurse Manager.

"MAC is responsible for reading all of those and making sure everything matches and then gives us a green check mark, yes, which means it's safe to administer this medication," Haralson said.  

Memorial is the only hospital in Eastern Washington to use barcodes on all of their medications, Haralson said.