Automated first aid kits are specialized medicine cabinets equipped with a computer with software integrated with the hospital information system HIS. In order to dispense medicine to a patient, the nurse after logging in to the wardrobe must choose the medical order that he wants to carry out. Then the wardrobe will automatically open the drawer containing the right medicine and indicate the quantity ordered.
Thanks to the use of automatic departmental first aid kits, the nurse gains access to the medicine stored in the wardrobe only for the selected patient for whom the order was issued by the doctor and only for this medicine. Access to other medicines is blocked. This solution prevents the patient from getting the wrong medicine, allows more effective control of inventory and cost control related to the settlement of drug doses.
MEDICAL CONSUMPTION COSTS REDUCED BY 20-40% * Based on data obtained from hospitals after 6 months of system use
Improving access to medicines
- The hospital pharmacy has continuous information about the actual inventory of medicines in wards. Pharmacy employees can set minimum stocks for each item and manage their warehouses appropriately so as not to store excessive amounts of drugs.
- The hospital pharmacy has information about the expiry dates of individual medicines. The first time you open a medicine, you can change its expiration date. The pharmacy may take measures to optimally use medicines with a short expiry date.
- If the desired medicine is not in the ward cabinet, the nurse obtains information on which ward the medicine is stored and can collect it from the wardrobe in that ward
Improving patient safety
- Automated first aid kits limit the possibility of human error of choosing the wrong medicine or wrong dose.
- The software only opens a drawer containing only one drug. The system does not allow two drawers to be opened simultaneously
- Drug cabinets store an extended description of the drug, information on dosage and methods of administration. This information is displayed when the medicine is removed from the closet.
- Allergic reaction alerts - cabinets store and display information about patients' allergic reactions.
- Alarm of duplicate dose of drugs - the wardrobe informs if a given patient has already received a dose of the same drug a few moments earlier.
- Barcode scanning - it is possible to expand the system with a barcode scanner. After removing the drug from the closet, the nurse scans this code and the system checks whether the correct medicine has been removed.
Advantages for the hospital board
- Lowering the costs of conducting medical activity
- Improving patient safety and standards of care
- Easier production of electronic medical records
- The possibility of individual cost accounting
Advantages for nursing staff
- Increasing staff productivity
- Easier administrative tasks
- Improving work ergonomics
- Improving patient safety
- Simple and quick implementation of medical orders
The presentation presents how new technologies can reconcile seemingly opposite goals: reducing the cost of treatment with improving the quality of care and patient safety. Systems for the automatic preparation and dispensing of medicines in hospitals allow to reduce the costs of hospitalization and at the same time eliminate mistakes that occur in the traditional model of pharmacotherapy. The presentation will show various modern models of hospital drug distribution and the benefits of them based on the results of real installations.
President of the Board Intelimedical Poland Sp. z o. o. a leader in the field of automation of drug circulation processes in hospitals and hospital logistics. Has extensive experience in the implementation of innovative projects in health care and in other sectors of the economy. He managed, among others projects for the automation of hospital processes and the integration of IT systems that accompany them.