News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


MedDispense technology improves medication management

MedDispense technology improves medication management

27 February 2014

MidCentral District Health Board has recently added a MedDispense medication and inventory management system to its Emergency Department, in addition to the one introduced to Operating Theatres in 2013.

In contrast to previous manual systems, these advanced units ensure that only the correct amount of medication is dispensed, using touch screen controls and automated draws to fast-track the dispensing of medication.

Chief Pharmacist Lorraine Welman said: “This system has real benefits for both staff and patients. The removal of the requirement to manually record and stocktake medication has lead to great improvements in workflow and inventory management, and enhanced patient safety.”

To dispense medication, the health professional logs into the system with their unique credentials, and can then select the required medication from a list. Once the medication is selected, they enter the amount needed, at which point the appropriate draw will slide open.

Thanks to the automation of the process, pharmacy is now notified when stock is low, or about to expire, meaning that stock levels are easily maintained. In addition, if one area of the hospital is using more of a certain medication, older stock can be relocated to ensure that it is used before expiry.

Workflow is also assisted, as there is no need to manually record what medication has been taken, and there is no time spent looking through medicine cupboards to find what is required. Importantly the use of restricted drugs is also easy to monitor, which assists in reporting for certain medications and reporting for the PHARMAC Hospital Medicines List.

Another benefit of the MedDispense system is its adaptability. Plans are in place for the system to be linked to a fridge, allowing the same benefits to be applied to chilled medication. More features are also being looked at for future implementation.

The system is well supported by the manufacturer, with any issues that arise able to be resolved with the help of 24 hour tech support from the United States.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news