Cookerly Public Relations
RIVA Chemo systems will now be operating in both acute care and cancer hospitals in two Canadian provinces
(WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Feb. 4, 2015) – Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), maker of RIVA automated IV compounding technology, today announced it has sold a fourth RIVA Chemotherapy system in Canada. The RIVA Chemo system will be installed in a new hospital being built in northwest Toronto.
The automated compounding system will be the fourth RIVA Chemo unit in Canada. It joins two other RIVA systems currently producing live patient doses in Ontario – at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Additionally, a RIVA Chemo system is installed in Manitoba.
“RIVA Chemo continues to grow its market presence in Canada because the technology helps hospitals ensure the accuracy of complex medications for cancer patients, for whom safety is absolutely critical,” said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO of IH Systems. “The fact is, hospitals all over the world are learning that pharmacy automation not only provides a higher standard of patient care, but also improves efficiency and reduces costs.”
RIVA, the only fully-automated IV compounding system available on the market today, prepares syringes and IV bags in a USP<797>-compliant aseptic environment. The RIVA Chemo system is engineered specifically to handle the complicated and toxic formulations used in IV infusion therapy. The system operates with negative-to-ambient air pressure to protect pharmacy staff from exposure to cytotoxic chemicals, and labels all dispensed doses with patient-specific information to ensure accurate administration.
Since its introduction in 2008, RIVA systems globally have safely and accurately prepared more than 3 million medication doses, including more than 18,000 chemotherapy doses. The system’s safety record has been demonstrated by more than 161,000 routine quality control checks that have found no contamination in compounds produced by the machines. RIVA performs multiple weight and product barcode checks during compounding, and provides a complete electronic audit trail that identifies and labels every dispensed dose.
About Intelligent Hospital Systems
Founded in 2006, Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) is a medical device company focused on the design and development of automated solutions for the hospital environment. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, IH Systems manufactures RIVA, a fully-automated IV compounding system that prepares medications for syringes and IV bags in an aseptic environment. Using RIVA, hospitals enhance patient safety, lower the cost-per-dose of medications, reduce their vulnerability to medication shortages and cut waste. For more information, visithttp://www.intelligenthospitals.com/.