2013-04-19 / Community

St. John’s Moves To Automate Meds Management

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is installing a new, state-of-the-art medication management system.

The system, called the Pyxis Medstation 4000 System, is designed to automate medication distribution, management and control of medications.

It provides medications to nurses faster, ensures medication availability even after hours, reduces adverse drug effects and errors, and first and foremost, gets medications to the patient faster and more safely.

The Pharmacy Department at SJEH fills more than 250,000 prescriptions a year.

Critical units, including the Emergency Department, Fast Track, the post-anesthesia care unit, operating room, labor and delivery unit, and ambulatory surgery, were the first in the hospital to receive the new medication system. The Pyxis Medstation system will be phased into additional nursing units throughout the hospital at later dates.

In addition to a number of patient safety features, the medication system alerts clinicians to potential allergic or drug-to-drug interactions. It also streamlines medication distribution and workflow, freeing nurses from time spent on medication inventory counts and pharmacists from cart exchanges, enabling doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to focus more on patient and clinical activities.

Another feature is its ability to record medication distribution as well as interface with the hospital’s electronic medical record.

The new medication system also satisfies narcotics management, patient safety and other requirements for numerous regulatory agencies and organizations, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Joint Commission, and the New York State Department of Health.

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