BMV training available for nursing students through grant to foundation

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital through the Foundation has used an impact grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana in the amount of $9,715 as part of the Student Nursing Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) Scanner project.  The grant assists the Hospital to underwrite the cost of providing BMV scanners and associated training for the faculty at McNeese State University College of Nursing and Sowela Technical Community College Department of Nursing.  So far, over 30 students have been trained in the BMV system on site in the school setting.

To ensure one standard of patient care, all healthcare professionals dispensing medication must be trained on BMV protocols and procedures, including nursing students beginning their clinical rotations.  By providing scanners to the schools, nursing students will receive BMV training in a controlled classroom environment prior to beginning their rotations at the Hospital without losing practical training time.

The Kiwanis Club of South Lake Charles also is participating in the Student Nursing BMV Scanner project and has provided a $1,000.00 donation to the Foundation to help underwrite the future cost of replacement scanner units for the schools.

"We are thrilled to partner with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Kiwanis Club in bringing the BMV technology to the nursing students in our Community," says Tamica Francois, Lead for the BMV project. "By getting BMV inside the classrooms, nursing students can benefit greatly from being trained on some of the most advanced patient safety systems available."

BMV is a bar code scanning device designed to improve a nurse's medication process by checking for the 6 rights of medication administration on the armband of each patient.

  1. Right Patient: Scanning the bar coded armband provides positive patient identification.
  2. Right Medication: If the medication is not on the patient profile, BMV flags the nurse to indicate that it is not the correct medication, or that the pharmacy has not completed their safety checks.
  3. Right Dose: If the scanned dose is higher or lower than the prescribed dose, BMV flags the nurse.
  4. Right Route: The system checks for the right route in administering the medication.  For example, if the medication is to be given orally, but the scanned medication is an injection, the nurse is warned.
  5. Right Time: If the medication is given early or late, the system will warn the nurse that they are documenting against a past time or a future time.
  6. Right Documentation:  Allows for real time documentation while eliminating the potential for handwritten errors.