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Figure 8-2-3

Mistake-Proofing the Design of Health Care Processes -

Figure 8.2. Laboratory instruments in the lab read the bar coding on specimen tubes to ensure positive identification of people and procedures

Photograph of a specimen tube with a barcode label on it.

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Figure 8.3. The bar codes are laid out on the wall in close proximity, a design that is inattentive to human factors considerations

Photograph of a hand holding a barcode reader that is reading barcodes laid out on a wall. A line of red laser light is hovering in the gap between two bar codes, increasing the odds of reading the wrong bar code by mistake.

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Page last reviewed May 2007
Internet Citation: Figure 8-2-3: Mistake-Proofing the Design of Health Care Processes -. May 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.