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Fayetteville Hospital To Keep Track Of Patients' Treatment With Bar Codes

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Cumberland County hospital plans to use new technology to make sure patients do not receive the wrong medicines.

Starting July, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville will put barcodes on patients' wristbands.

Nurses will use portable scanners to check the codes and match patients with the right drugs and dosage.

Health experts say medication errors are a huge problem nationwide, but it is difficult to determine when errors occur, a hospital spokesman said.

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