Bridging the Gap Between Pharmacy and Anesthesiology
Pharmacy TouchTM complements the Anesthesia TouchTM solution, seamlessly integrating medication management into the perioperative workflow
with single sign on. Pharmacy Touch, featuring Plexus TG's MediCartTM, offers a controlled access
cabinet for anesthesia and enables secure medication access, automated charging,
waste documentation and reconciliation to flow effortlessly from the anesthesia clinical record.
The closed-loop audit trail for controlled substances begins and ends in the pharmacy of the hospital or outpatient facility. The system uniquely allows the clinician to concurrently reduce errors, document and charge for drugs while remaining focused on patient care.
Designed to streamline the dispensing, preparation, labeling and charting of anesthesia
medications, Plexus TG's medication management system provides the only solution built
on the strengths of an anesthesia information management system (AIMS). Enabled by
market-leading integration with the Codonics Safe Label System® (SLS), every step of the
process leverages the combined solution to eliminate duplicate documentation.
The Codonics SLS utilizes barcode technology to read information from a drug container and electronically verify it against the pharmacy's hospital-approved drug database. SLS addresses the three most common errors made during the selection, preparation and administration of injectable and intravenous medications, helping to prevent vial and ampoule swaps, mislabeling and syringe swaps while ensuring medication labeling compliance.
MediCart, an' integrated medication dispensing cart for anesthesia, provides secure storage of medications used by anesthesia (an important issue for pharmacy) while preserving the clinician's ability to quickly access their full selection of medications needed for a case (an important issue for anesthesia clinicians). The anesthesia cart provides the only dispensing solution that is integrated with an anesthesia information management system (AIMS) such that non-narcotic drawers are opened at case start and automatically closed following case close. Narcotic drawers meet mandatory lock-up policies.
- Keyless entry self-locking anesthesia cart meets regulatory compliance standards such as JCAHO's (i.e., mandated lock-up policies)
- 24/7 secured access
- Cart unlocks via single sign on through Anesthesia Touch
- Flexible Refill Options
- Simple Touchscreen Interface
- Medication Safety Checks
- Real-time Inventory Status
- Automated Drug Charging
- Narcotics can be separately credentialed, providing added security
- Cart can be accessed without opening the patient record to prepare for the next case or restock the cart
- Large storage capacity meets typical case requirements for drugs and supplies
Using the integrated solution, a single scan of the medication vial on SLS confirms the medication visually and audibly and immediately produces an easy-to-read, full-color Joint Commission-compliant medication label. Simultaneously, the medication dispense transaction is recorded, seamlessly updating pharmacy’s inventory counts and controlled substance tracking. When anesthesia is ready to deliver the medication to the patient, a quick wave of the labeled syringe past the barcode scanner triggers documentation in Anesthesia Touch, including real-time safety checks and automated pharmacy charging. Simultaneously, the medication dispense transaction is recorded, seamlessly updating Pharmacy’s inventory counts and controlled substance tracking.
Plexus Technology Group makes medication management simple with its intuitive, easy-to-use system. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, it delivers unparalleled safety-driven technology throughout the Perioperative setting.
Pharmacy Touch Advantages:
- Eliminates manual input
- Enables proactive drug error prevention support
- Provides precise data collection on drug usage, costs, and waste for reporting
- Automates narcotic tracking
- Warns of syringe re-use