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What’s that on your wrist? Patients now wear their medical record

With new system, nurses use mobile computers to pull up medical records on patient wristbands before administrating medication. If the medication order doesn’t match, a clinician is notified immediately.

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital just unveiled a new cutting-edge system for administering medication to patients. The process, called Medication Positive Patient Identification (mPPID), greatly reduces the possibility of a medication or dosing error in a hospital.


Our nursing staff has embraced this new system because it further strengthens our commitment to patient safety, which is our priority,” said Shawn Tyrrell, vice president and chief nursing officer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “It serves as a second line of protection in the delivery of medication.”


After months of training, the system went live at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital on Jan. 24, which means all four Adventist Midwest Hospital have now adopted mPPID. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital went live in October; Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital went live in November and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital went live in December.


With mPPID, nurses use mobile or fixed computers in patient rooms with attached bar code scanners to scan the bar codes on patients’ wristbands, as well as bar codes on individual medication doses ordered by physicians. Once a nurse has successfully logged into a patient's electronic medical record, and before the medication is administered, the bar code on the patient's wristband tells the nurse who the patient is and it accesses the patient's electronic medical records to determine if there is an order for that medication. If the medication ordered on a scanned patient is not a perfect match, the clinician is notified immediately.


This interactive, mobile and immediate method of verifying medication and dosage is an improvement over the traditional process. Historically, the medication administration process would include checking a paper-based record-keeping system at a centralized nursing station, transcribing information by hand, comparing this against the patient chart, visually checking the wristband to confirm patient identity and transcribing patient information back to the paper-based record keeping system.


“Unfortunately, the traditional medication administration process took nurses away from their patients in order to perform administrative processes,” Tyrrell said. “With our new system, nurses spend more time at the bedside, which is better for the patient, their families and the entire hospital.”


Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Sheila Galloro, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2359.