Oregon Facility Automates Syringe Preparation

Published Online: Friday, September 1, 2006

In an effort to accommodate its new facility, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will implement For-Health Technologies' IntelliFill i.v. robotic system to automate its growing syringepreparation workload. The system computerizes the compounding and labeling of intravenous (IV) medication doses in syringes at speeds not often possible using manual processes. IntelliFill i.v. uses bar-code scanning, vision systems, and weight confirmation steps and delivers patient-labeled bar-coded syringes prepared in an ISO Class 4 environment.

"With the opening of our new facility, our syringe volumes and workloads for our operating rooms and pediatrics have increased dramatically. Due to this expansion, we need an automated IV system that will enable us to maintain our high standard of patient safety and increase our capacity without adding staff," explained Gae Ryan, PharmD, director of pharmacy services at OHSU. "With IntelliFill i.v., we have an automated means of preparing our IV medications in an aseptic environment with multiple process controls, enabling greater efficiencies and quality of care in both the pharmacy and at the patient's bedside."

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