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Anesthesia Medication Management


We understand the inherent challenges of managing perioperative medications.  Anesthetists need immediate access to a wide variety of medications in the fast-paced, high-acuity operating room environment.  These are powerful meds, many of them expensive, with more than a few having high diversion potential. To top it off, these pharmaceuticals are dispensed and delivered without the safety net and documentation of a traditional order-entry process.

Plexus TG's approach offers a unique solution to the clinical, financial and regulatory requirements surrounding anesthesia medications, bridging the gap between pharmacy and anesthesiology. 

Access

Streamline the perioperative workflow by stocking medications where they are delivered: in the operating room or procedure location. Authorized users have secure, digitally-verified access to the MediCart any time they need it.  Open matrix drawers hold an ample supply of easy-to-pick items, while the double-locking drawer offers added protection for controlled substances.

Anesthesia providers simply initiate the Anesthesia Touch record, and the cart automatically unlocks with the correct patient account.  Single sign-on integration with the AIMS eliminates duplicate entry.  

Tracking 

Audit logs track each attempted unlock of the cart, including every individual opening of the controlled substances drawer. User identities are linked to the facility's LDAP system, such as Microsoft Active Directory, ensuring account security and centralized password management. Integration with the patient record further substantiates authorized entries, correlating cabinet access with clinical documentation.

Reconciliation

Reconcile [verb]: to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent: to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.

Perioperative medications must be reconciled; inventory and dispensing must be brought into agreement and harmony with the patient's medication administration record. Federal regulations mandate that controlled substance logs are compatible and consistent across both the anesthesia and pharmacy documentation.  

Even the best of users are only human.  Relying on disparate systems invites inconsistencies, requiring the ongoing efforts of yet another human reviewer to try to find — and fix — any mistakes.  Instead, demand an integrated answer that brings together the dispensing with the delivery, the wasting with the reconciliation.  Demand not just a system, but a solution, one that streamlines the daily workflow and digitally ensures medication records you can trust.

"From our experience, we recognized the value of a solution that eliminates duplicate documentation and provides anesthesia with a single medication recording system. Our anesthesiologists appreciate how quick and easy it is to use, and it's saved many hours for our pharmacy staff, too."

Suzanne Catalfomo, Pharmacy Informatics Specialist
Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Charges

Despite the significant impact of pharmaceutical costs on the operating suite's financial picture, the capture of drug charges all too often depends on indirect or manual processes.  A charge-on-administration approach is standard practice across the rest of the hospital, why not in surgery?  

Calculate medication utilization directly from the anesthesia record.  Automate perioperative drug charges with the guaranteed accuracy of Pharmacy Touch.