Disposable Disc Filters
EPS Inc (Ivyland, Pa) recently introduced 3 additions to its expanding line of intravenous disposables. The Disposable Disc Filters are now available in 0.2, 0.45, and 1.2 ?m. The 0.2-?m filter was specially designed for sterilization and bacteria-retentive applications. The 0.45-?m unit is ideal for particulate retention. The 1.2-?m filter removes fungi and particulate from lipid solutions without breaking the emulsions. The filter is well-suited for total parenteral nutrition and total nutient admixture therapy. All the Disposable Disc Filters are hydrophilic and bidirectional. Equipped with proximal and distal Luer locks (male and female), the filters attach securely to any Luer connection, preventing sprays, splashes, and breaks in sterility. The specially constructed filters minimize internal fluid loss, retaining only 0.4 mL. The filters are preassembled and ready to use, eliminating the risk of cross contamination. Individually packaged, the filters are sterile, nontoxic, and nonpyrogenic. For more information, visit www.medi-dose. com, or call 800-523-8966.
Exacta-Med Enteral Dispensers
Baxa Corp (Englewood, Colo) recently introduced Exacta-Med Enteral Dispensers. The product features a unique dispenser tip that cannot connect to a Luer needle or needless intravenous (IV) system. The dispensers' distinctive enteral marking, orange lettering, and stripe coordinate with the enteral tube sets. This makes the product the safe choice for enteral fluid drug delivery, particularly in pediatric and neonatal applications, where the majority of the oral and enteral doses are provided through a gastric tube. Exacta-Med Enteral Dispensers are syringe-like devices with a non-Luer tip that will not accept a hypodermic needle or actuate a needless IV access port. The product is designed specifically to provide safe and accurate delivery of enteral liquids, reducing the possibility of wrong-route administration through a patient's IV or epidural line. For more information, visit www.baxa.com, or call 800-567-BAXA (800-567-2292).
PINNACLE TPN Management System
B. Braun Medical Inc (Bethlehem, Pa) recently launched the PINNACLE Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Management System. The system accelerates TPN productivity while enhancing patient safety and improving USP <797> compliance through advanced software and bar-code technology. The system's safety-enhancing software works in conjunction with fast, accurate hardware that prepares 1 L of TPN formulation in less than 1 minute. To help streamline the TPN process further, the PINNACLE TPN Management System incorporates computerized physician order entry and pharmacist approval capabilities, as well as bar-coded TPN containers that work with bar code-compatible infusion devices, such as B. Braun Outlook Safety Infusion, helping ensure delivery of the correct TPN formula to the right patient. The system also produces extensive compounding reports indicating specific user and facility productivity. For more information, visit www.bbraunusa.com, or call 800-854-6851.
Cardinal Health Inc (Dublin, Ohio) recently launched ReadyScan, a new, unique service to improve patient safety by providing hospitals with pharmaceuticals in unit-of-use packages, complete with bar codes that help clinicians verify medications at the bedside. ReadyScan is fully integrated into the CardinalASSIST service, an automated replenishment system for the Pyxis MedStation. CardinalASSIST automatically orders medications for the Pyxis MedStation when quantities are running low. The ReadyScan service packages medications into a MedStationfriendly unit-dose, bar-coded format, and the order is compiled into a container and labeled with the identification number of the Pyxis MedStation that ordered the medication. When the container arrives at the hospital, the pharmacy staff can efficiently replenish the appropriate Pyxis MedStation. The service will be repackaged in a Cardinal Health facility that follows Good Manufacturing Practices under FDA guidelines. Furthermore, Cardinal Health offers the service as part of the normal ordering process used by itscurrent hospital customers. This creates a more efficient approach, because hospitals will receive their medications in the same form in which they are administered to patients, without any changes in the ordering process or any extra work required by the hospital pharmacy staff. For more information, visit www.cardinalhealth.com, or call 800-234-8701.
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