Automated dispensing cabinets continue to serve as the backbone of most medication distribution systems. In general care areas, each ADC typically serves 11-20 beds. Profiling ADCs is key to ensuring their efficiency; however, this remains a challenge for many facilities. While most facilities (81%) have profiled more than three-quarters of their cabinets, there has been no overall improvement in... Read more
For the first time, a majority of the largest facilities are now using IV workflow automation systems. The growth in this marketplace is expected to continue as a significant number of additional facilities have committed to adopting this key safety technology. Facility size continues to be a strong predictor of system adoption; nevertheless, it is important that facilities of all sizes commit to... Read more
Given that the challenges to purchasing medications in bar coded unit dose are only increasing, pharmacy must have an efficient packaging operation in place that includes systemized solutions for manual repackaging. While there is growing interest in outsourced options, most repackaging continues to occur in-house. As such, pharmacy directors can benefit from the wide array of well-rated packaging... Read more
In the second quarter of 2020, PP&P polled a random, nationwide sample of health system pharmacy directors. We asked these pharmacy leaders to share their current expenditures on pharmacy automation as well as their short- and long-term projections for ongoing pharmacy automation spending. In addition, we asked about pharmacy staffing, distribution models, automation implementations, vendor performance,... Read more
It is concerning that environmental monitoring plans, while widespread, have yet to become universal practice. Nevertheless, environmental monitoring equipment garners a 99% satisfaction rating. Conversely, pharmacy assigns lower ratings to their own environmental monitoring processes; just 26% deem their processes to be excellent. As such, it is notable that almost one-third of US hospitals (31%)... Read more
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