Magazine article Drug Topics

Here's a 'Smart' Way to Identify IV Pumps

Magazine article Drug Topics

Here's a 'Smart' Way to Identify IV Pumps

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Bob Braverman loves a challenge. Earlier this year, Lancaster General Hospital, a 590-bed facility in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, presented Bravermans company, Medi-Dose Inc., with a unique challenge. "They already used Medi-Dose products to label and package unit-dose drugs in their pharmacy. They said, 'We have this need, can you help us?'" recalled Braverman, Medi-Dose president. "I was thrilled, because it was a challenge-it was a need that was brought to our attention."

What Lancaster General needed was a way to incorporate smart pumps into its bedside point-of-care (BPOC) system. The hospital wanted nurses to be able to scan patients, medicine, and the smart pump's channel into a BPOC system that could wirelessly program the pump and streamline an otherwise complicated process. Early on in the process, however, the hospital realized that each smart pump needed its own unique bar code.

"What they wanted from us was the direct opposite of what our customers usually do with our software," said Braverman, whose company provides hospitals with a unit-dose packaging system. "Normally, our customers use our software to print many copies of the same information and bar code so they can label their unit-dose medication. For this project, Lancaster General has 900 pumps, and each pump has at least two channels. This meant that [Lancaster General] needed more than 1,800 bar codes. And they all had to be different."

Medi-Dose helped Lancaster General configure its MILT 3. …

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