Pyxis Anesthesia System from CareFusion
December 2011 - Vol. 8 No. 12 - Page #18

The operating room (OR) environment is inherently stressful and issues related to proper medication management in this setting—particularly involving anesthesia—often vex pharmacy practitioners. In order to make medications readily available for surgical procedures in the past, our OR technicians simply stockpiled drugs throughout the OR. Despite the proliferation of medications, the lack of an automated inventory management system led to frequent trips between the OR suites and the central pharmacy to procure medications not accounted for. Many of the medications used in the OR are controlled substances, so we also wanted to gain a more significant level of control over these products to ensure patient safety and discourage diversion. Likewise, improved charge capture and better inventory utilization were additional drivers for change.

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