CAREFUSION LAUNCHES INFUSION DASHBOARD FOR HOSPITAL PHARMACIES
Alaris® Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics Shows Progress of All Infusions in Near Real-Time
Dec 3, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Dec. 3, 2012 – CareFusion Corp. (NYSE: CFN), a leading, global medical technology company, has launched an infusion dashboard to help hospital pharmacies monitor infusions across an entire hospital or health system to improve safety and efficiency.
The Alaris Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics is a web-based dashboard that is capable of showing near real-time status of all infusions across a hospital or health system that is using the Alaris® System with the Alaris Pump and/or Alaris Syringe Modules.
The Alaris Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics uses data that is wirelessly transmitted from the pumps to display if infusions are currently infusing, stopped or completed. It can also show how much time remains and the amount of medication volume that is left to be infused into the patient. Additionally, the new system can display which pumps have a current Guardrails® soft alert violation, to streamline alert reviews. Guardrails alerts are triggered by software in the pump when an infusion parameter is out of the normal range for that specific hospital or patient care unit. Pharmacy Logistics is the first application released on the Alaris Infusion Viewer technology platform.
Staff in the hospital pharmacy can use this dashboard to view hospital-wide or system-wide infusions in a number of ways. For example, a clinical pharmacist may filter the data to only show the pumps that have a Guardrails soft alert override. This can help streamline their workflow significantly. Instead of going on rounds twice a day and checking each individual pump for safety software overrides and reviewing drip rates, they can use the dashboard and go directly to the pumps that have alerts.
“With the introduction of Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics, we have been able to realize the potential to capture medication errors while the infusion is still running,” said Denise Kachel, manager of Pharmacy Information Systems and Finance for Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, a perennial Thomson Reuter Top 100 Hospital. “Pharmacy Logistics has allowed us to catch two additional medication errors, resulting from infusions running outside of the Guardrails soft limits, within a two-week time period. Neither error would have resulted in serious patient care issues, but it was good to know that we were able to correct them more quickly.”
Improving pharmacy workflow is another benefit for pharmacy technicians who are responsible for compounding medication. Pharmacy technicians can filter the dashboard to review all the continuous drips that will be ending in the next 60 minutes, and prioritize their compounding to correspond to the patients who need refills. This just-in-time approach can help improve pharmacy efficiency and reduce medication waste.
“The Alaris Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics is an example of how CareFusion is innovating beyond device hardware to provide valuable information that can improve safety and workflow efficiency,” said J.C. Kyrillos, senior vice president and general manager of Infusion for CareFusion. “Now, hospital pharmacists don’t have to be in the dark about infused medications after they leave the pharmacy, and they can provide near real-time support and expertise back to the patient bedside where the infusions are occurring.”
The Alaris Infusion Viewer for Pharmacy Logistics is currently being piloted in the following hospitals:
- Gundersen Lutheran Hospital – La Crosse, Wisc.
- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – Albany, Ga.
- OhioHealth: Riverside Methodist Hospital – Columbus, Ohio
1 Subject to internet connection, devices variability and selected settings.
About CareFusion Corporation
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops market-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis®automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife™ and LTV® series ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined® services for data mining surveillance, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.
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