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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RIVA User Group 2017

By Irene Wasilewski, Application Consultant ARxIUM recently held its annual RIVA User Group at the ARxIUM  office in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Nineteen hospitals participated in the two-day sessions and discussed maximizing RIVA utilization, RIVA support, regulatory updates and more. Craig Boyce, RPh, one of the Pharmacy Systems Consultants at ARxIUM, organized and led the event. Read more

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Going Global – ARxIUM’s International Journey

By: Irene Wasilewski,  Application Consultant ARxIUM’s Director of Distribution Sales, Randy Kehler, recently presented to a group of students at the University of Manitoba’s International Management’s class. Mr. Kehler has been travelling the globe setting up distribution networks for ARxIUM’s fully automated IV compounding system, RIVA. The following is a summary of the presentation he... 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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The Big Little Things, Part IV: The Robot

By: Mitch Valdmanis, Senior System Designer If you recall, back in my first post in this series, I implied that the robot arm in RIVA doesn’t qualify as one of “the big little things.” While it’s true that the robot as a whole certainly doesn’t fit the theme of these posts, there is one critical... Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

By: Mitch Valdmanis, Senior System Designer Part III: Of Pass-through Chambers and Control Systems In parts I and II of this series we described how RIVA has been designed to achieve ISO level 5 air cleanliness by sealing the compounding chamber, filtering incoming air, and maintaining laminar airflow inside of the cell. So far so... Read more

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A Breath of Fresh Air

By: Mitch Valdmanis and Ron Rob Part II: Air Cleanliness In Part 1 of this series we discussed the importance of laminar airflow and the impacts it had on the design of RIVA’s air handling system. Laminar airflow is critical to preventing the spread of any contaminants in the airflow, but even better would be... Read more

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The Big Little Things, Part III: Vial Pressure Management

By Mitch Valdmanis, Product Manager Continuing our series on the subtle, but important aspects of RIVA’s operation, I would like to turn our attention to the matter of managing gas pressure inside of drug vials as liquid and gas are drawn out or injected in. Vial stoppers are designed to seal the contents of the... Read more

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Multiple studies find automated compounding can reduce costs

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. Recent news of a $200 million fund to compensate victims of the bankrupt New England Compounding Center (NECC) is an extreme example of how expensive manual compounding errors can be. Contaminated compounds produced by NECC were linked to a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in 20 states and... Read more

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