Cardinal Health Inc (Dublin, OH) recently introduced Pyxis MedStation 4000 to help improvemedication safety. The automated medication dispensing system offers new features that canhelp hospitals increase the security of high-alert medications and reduce medication errors.The Pyxis MedStation 4000 enhanced bar-code scanning technology provides the option torequire clinicians to scan medications upon removal to help ensure they have retrieved the rightmedication for the right patient and alert them to incorrect dosage or other potential errors. Thebuilt-in scanner also is used during restocking to make sure the right medications are loadedinto the correct drawer location. The Pyxis MedStation 4000 has the capability to reject certainmedications from being loaded into the system. The system also features user-specific trackingof undocumented waste. When specific users remove more of a medication than prescribed,the Pyxis MedStation 4000 system tracks and remindsthe user of the need to document waste.The information can be used to identify possible incidence of diversion. For more information,visit www.cardinalhealth.com.
MTS Medication Technologies'(St. Petersburg,FL) MedLocker offers asafe, secure, and efficientway to manage theprocess of remote medicationstorage and access.The MedLocker accessand control systemenables pharmacies touse bar-coded punchcards to package oral solids,vials, ampules, and prefilled syringes; allows a pharmacy tocustomize e-kit and first-dose inventory by facility; and managesrefrigerated and bulk medications that are stored outsideof the cabinet. The advantages include quicker access torequired medications, bar code technology to improve accuracyof medication selection, improved survey compliance,and flexibility of cabinet design to suit facility needs. For moreinformation, visit www.mts-mt.com, or call 800-671-0589.
MedDispense Automated DispensingSolutions' (Alpharetta, GA) systemsare designed to fit the needs of facilitiesthat want the safety and availabilityof an automated medicationdispensing solution. Nursescan access patient medication24/7-even when the pharmacistis not on duty-while protectingdrugs and supplies fromunauthorizedaccess. Because the systemprovides full integration with most operations software,medication costs are captured immediately upon dispensing,thus streamlining operations and ensuring reimbursements.MedDispense base units include a computer and touch screen,which controls all primary and auxiliary systems. The base unitsare available as a 25-drawer base 25 tabletop model, a 45-drawerbase 45 unit, and a 72-drawer base 72 unit. The drawerscan be configured to store up to 6 different medications or 1narcotic (for safety purposes) per drawer. For more information,visit www.med-dispense.com, or call 877-788-6855.
Gold Standard (Tampa, FL) relaunched ToxED. The newly updated and revised electronicclinical toxicology reference addresses clinicians' need for quick access to concise andcomprehensive information at the point-of-care for the diagnosis and treatment of poisonings,drug overdoses, and exposure to chemicals and hazardous waste. Divided into3 sections focused on emergency department principles, specific agents and treatments,and environmental and occupational toxicology, ToxED includes a drug identifier tool thatidentifies tablets and capsules based on marking/imprint, color, and shape with full-colordigital images of drug products for visual verification; explorations of drug overdoses andpoisons; and descriptions of therapeutic drugs and antidotes. The first version of ToxED,introduced in 2006, offered clinicians limited insight into the basis of a treatment recommendationor how patients were responding on a physiological or molecular level. Formore information, visit www.goldstandard.com, or call 800-375-0943.