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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RIVA Product Life Cycle Champions

By Irene Wasilewski, Product Support Specialist RIVA, a fully automated IV compounding system, is used by hospital pharmacies to automatically and accurately prepare IV syringes and bags. RIVA came into the market at a time when there were very few robots assisting in IV compounding. As with any new concept or technology, RIVA required the... 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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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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Investigating Failures in Complex Systems

by Andrew Bugera, EIT Some recent highly-publicized failures of complex systems have reminded all of us that failures can still occur even when the design team puts forth their best effort to prevent them. For example, the SpaceX CRS-7 mission’s launch vehicle and payload were destroyed during launch near the end of June 2015 due... 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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Automated compounding enhances safety and regulatory compliance

By Niels Erik Hansen, Ph.D. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report about hospitals’ use of standalone compounding pharmacies to produce compounded sterile preparations (CSPs). The study was spurred by concerns about the quality of CSPs following the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated... Read more

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The Operational Cost Analysis

By Alex Reinhardt, P. Eng. When considering the purchase of IV automation such as RIVA, you need to consider all the costs that you will need to pay over the operational life of the system.  In many cases, people just think about the initial purchase cost, but over a five or ten year service life, that... Read more

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