Maximizing Automation in the IV Compounding Process
June 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 6 - Page #10

The risks of error or contamination in the sterile IV compounding process are well documented, and pharmacy leaders have been actively seeking ways to reduce these risks in recent years. As a result, the possibility of implementing automation, specifically IV workflow management systems, human-assist devices, and IV compounding robotics, is becoming more commonplace in discussions regarding sterile product production safety.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has prioritized technology implementations to increase safety in a wide range of sterile production, including neonatal doses and hazardous medications. Our goal was to adopt a complete automation solution to address all types of preparations across all patient populations. To that end, we chose a safety technology solution that includes a non-hazardous IV compounding robot, hazardous IV compounding robots, IV workflow automation, and human-assist device robotics.

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