Use of IV robotics in hospital pharmacy
Dennis Killian, PharmD, PhD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, MD, explains how the hospital uses IV robotics.
Dennis Killian, PharmD, PhD, Director of Pharmacy Services, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, MD, explains how the hospital uses IV robotics. This video was shot at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Summer Meeting 2019 In Boston.
- Factors leading to IV automation
- Implementation of IV robotics in hospital pharmacy
Dennis Killian, PharmD, PhD: When we implemented IV Robotics at Peninsula, one of the first decision points was to decide on the product line for the device. When I say that I mean “do we want to have certain syringes, like ready-to-administer syringes (RTAs) or IV bags?” So we did a full ROI, ROI analysis to determine the best type of products to use with this technology.
For us, one of the first things we looked for was the RTA syringes, especially the ones that are used by our anesthesia department. These are said to be neuromuscular blockers and some other agents that they commonly use in the operating room. Prior to using the technology, we outsourced these products through a 503B pharmaceutical company. And we found it to be best if we wanted to outsource those with IV robotics. This is the first product mix that we have implemented with IV robotics.
Next, we touched on a few different drugs that were available in a bag. We have included vancomycin, as it is available in a wide variety of different strengths, as well as heparin, which is a high alert drug. We wanted to use technology to prepare these bags.
But, really, it’s up to you, depending on your product portfolio and what products you are currently outsourcing to 503Bs. The process is therefore very customizable and can be tailored to meet your individual needs in your hospital.