Implementing IV Robotics in the Pediatric Setting
November 2011 - Vol. 8 No. 11 - Page #56

Given the major problems associated with manual IV preparation, from the chance of wrong drug, wrong dose, and labeling errors to the risk of contamination, implementing IV robotics allows pharmacy to automate its IV drug preparation process, thereby reducing medication errors, increasing patient safety, and lowering costs. Despite the important benefits of IV robotics, applying the use of this technology in hospitals is still in its early stages. In Pharmacy Purchasing & Products’ 2011 annual State of Pharmacy Automation survey, only 4% of pharmacy directors have adopted IV robotics.1 This low adoption rate may reflect small facility size or a low volume of IVs required, but nevertheless, hospitals that could benefit from IV robotic use should consider reaping its significant patient safety benefits.

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