Thermal Printer Solution Speeds Up Rx Labels
QS/1 (Spartanburg, SC) has partnered with Cognitive Solutions to offer clients affordable, efficient, and rugged thermal printing solutions that complement QS/1?s Pharmacy Management software. The Cognitive C/Rx printer provides print capability on up to 4-inch-wide labels at 300 dots per inch and at speeds ranging from 6 to 8 inches per second. The C/Rx printer produces high-quality composite graphics, 2-dimensional bar codes, and fine text. The printer also offers complete PCL5 compatibility for easy integration with NRx, RxCare Plus, and PrimeCare QS/1 Pharmacy Management Systems. An added benefit of the printer is its small size. Thermal printing is very beneficial for printing prescription-bottle labels, warning labels, and bar-code labels. For more information, visit www.qs1.com.
FDA Approves Computerized Medication Box
INRange Systems Inc (Altoona, Pa) recently received FDA approval for its inhome Electronic Medication Management Assistant (EMMA). The device is a Web-enabled pharmacy that gives pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and other licensed practitioners the ability to schedule medications and alter individual doses using a mouse. EMMA holds a month?s supply of up to 10 prescriptions per EMMA unit. Multiple devices may be connected together to increase the number of managed prescriptions. EMMA is wirelessly linked to software that allows pharmacists to remotely schedule, monitor compliance, and make real-time adjustments in the dose or the timing of medications from their office. When it is time for patients to take scheduled medications, EMMA automatically provides both a visual and an audible alert. A touch screen is used to dispense the correct prescription medications into the built-in tray. Prescriptions and refills, packaged in standard-sized blister cards, can be sent automatically to patients. The blister cards are loaded into EMMA, and it identifies each medication by its bar code. No input is necessary from the patient, and no in-home visit is required. Based on the programmed schedule entered at the pharmacy or clinic, EMMA removes the required number of individual doses from the blister card and drops them onto the tray. A single electronic medication-administration record ensures that multiple caregivers can be alerted to change a dose or medication. For more information, visit www.inrangesystems.com.
Horizon MedComm-Rx Improves Drug Safety, Work Flow
McKesson Corp?s (San Francisco, Calif) Horizon MedComm-Rx automated imaging transmission system is designed to eliminate lost orders and reduce the time pharmacists spend processing medication orders. In large, centralized order entry environments, the system has the flexibility to allow problem orders to be returned to the sending unit, hospital, or clinical pharmacist for clarification. The system supports >10,000 orders daily and helps to improve pharmacist work flow by processing orders directly from the image viewer and reducing the number of operational steps. As hospitals begin to adopt computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solutions, the system will provide all CPOE and faxed drug orders in a single pharmacist work queue. Nurses can scan or fax physician orders directly into the pharmacy work queue. Using bar-code recognition, the system automatically associates an incoming order with a patient profile. Pharmacists are able to view the order images and process them according to priority. The system?s integration with other McKesson solutions alerts pharmacists any time a nurse overrides a patient?s profile to dispense medications so that the dispensing can be recorded in the pharmacy information system. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.
B. Braun (Bethlehem, Pa) recently introduced a new suite of infusion safety tools?the Outlook 300 Safety Infusion System with wireless capability, the DoseTrac Infusion Management Software, and the DoseTrac Infusion Safety Analysis Service. The system helps ensure that the right patient receives the right medication in the right dose from an authorized clinician at the point of care. The Outlook 300 Safety Infusion System improves department efficiency by identifying trends in medication delivery use and accesses a real-time view of intravenous (IV) therapy progress for continuous maintenance. The system also provides immediate access to DoseGuard dose-limit data for continuous safety improvement, tracks medication delivery trends to identify clinical support and training needs, and gives at-a-glance visualization of vital information concerning a patient?s IV therapy. For more information, visit www.bbraunusa.com, or call 800-854-6851.
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