Intermountain Healthcare Improves Sterile Compounding Services with RIVA Systems

In the wake of market and regulatory changes several years ago, Intermountain Healthcare, one of the most respected health systems in the United States, identified an increased need for controlled sterile compounding preparations. This need was heightened by the New England Compounding Center tragedy, as it raised additional concerns about risk and lack of control... Read more

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Dispelling Myths about I.V. Automation

By Irene Wasilewski, Product Support Specialist Most hospital pharmacies will likely say they would be interested in adding IV automation, but… Read more

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Safety and Capacity: A winning combination with Automated Dispensing Cabinets

By Craig Barton, Pharmacy Consultant With the demands for decreasing turn-around times for medication administration, pharmacies struggle to provide quick access to medications while safely storing and administering those medications. The good news is; Automated Dispensing Cabinets have helped facilitate this effort for more than 25 years by placing medications closer to nurses and their... Read more

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Times are Changing – Using Automated Dispensing Cabinets in Alternate Care Settings

By Jodie Vogt, Product Sales Support Does this scenario sound familiar to you if you work in an alternate care setting such as long term care, rehabilitation or hospice? It is “Someone’s” job to check the Emergency Medication Tackle Box or a Night Box to make sure that the tear away security lock is still... Read more

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Are pharmacy labels your workflow crutch?

By Beth Richter, Pharmacist Consultant For many years, pharmacy workflow and medication dispensing have been driven by paper: paper in the form of a label.  Labels are used for everything and for good reason.  There are labels for the little baggie of medications so you know where it’s going, labels for pre-filled syringes to identify... Read more

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Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals

By: Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant Despite health professionals’ focus on safety, a small proportion of patients experience some type of unintended harm as a result of the care they receive. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in conjunction with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) recently released a report using 2014/2015 data to measure... Read more

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Seventy four percent (74%) of manually compounded sterile product errors are undetectable at final product verification and would reach the patient

By: Scarlett Eckert, Pharmacist Consultant MD Anderson Cancer Center’s implementation of an IV workflow software system that uses gravimetric and barcode verification intercepted over 1,000 errors during manual compounding1. Over a yearlong study conducted from November 2012 to November 2013, 15,843 doses were prepared using this system and 1,126 errors (7.1%) were detected during the... Read more

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Put the Cheese in the Refrigerator

Or, reducing patient harm by eliminating the sources of error. By: Mitch Valdmanis, Senior System Designer I just read an article in the latest issue Healthcare Executive magazine by Dr. Erin S. DuPree from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. In the article, titled “High Reliability: The Path to Zero Harm“, Dr. DuPree discusses... Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

By: Mitch Valdmanis and Ron Rob One of the interesting challenges to solve in the design of IV automation is to create and maintain an environment where the compounding process can be carried out in air conditions compliant with ISO Class 5 and USP<797>. There are many factors to consider in the design – far... Read more

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The Missing Scan, Barcoding at the Point of Dispense

By: Chris Miller, Product Manager We see it over and over on a regular basis, death caused by medication errors. A July 2014 press release from U.S. Senator Barbra Boxer estimates each year “between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans die as a result of preventable errors in hospitals”1, which leads to an estimated $19.5 Billion, yes... Read more

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