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Bedside point-of-care solution aims to reduce medication errors

Omnicell : 02 May, 2008  (New Product)
Omnicell has introduced its SafetyMed solution, a complete bedside point-of-care solution that extends medication safety solutions from Omnicell's automated medication dispensing system to the patient's bedside.
Addressing the continually changing needs of the healthcare industry, the system integrates Omnicell's new SafetyMed bedside point-of-care software with a smart mobile cart, allowing healthcare providers to improve patient care, increase staff efficiency and reduce medication errors.

'The closed-loop distribution system of the integrated SafetyMed solution provides hospitals with a secure, multi-functional workstation that gives the care provider access to the medications needed for a particular patient in a secure and controlled manner,' said Eloise H Keeler, RN, nurse consultant with multi-vendor medication safety technology implementation experience. 'While protecting existing technology investments, hospitals are able to begin a clinical transformation to improve and optimize safe, effective and efficient patient care. Given the intuitive nature of the software for nurses, SafetyMed can also simultaneously transform a hospital's culture by increasing staff efficiency.'

The SafetyMed bedside point-of-care solution is accessed through a secure web browser via a hospital's existing wireless network, and is designed to verify medication and patient accuracy prior to administration through a variety of features that are tightly integrated with Omnicell's top-rated medication dispensing systems.

The SafetyMed solution uses bar code technology to validate real-time medication order details while confirming patient and medication identity, helping hospitals to achieve the five rights of medication administration: Right Patient, Right Drug, Right Dose, Right Route, Right Time. The SafetyMed solution was designed to allow customers with existing Omnicell medication dispensing systems to implement a bedside point-of-care solution with minimal clinical or IT staff disruption and without the expense of replacing legacy hardware.

'Our expertise in the medication-use process combined with the continual feedback we receive from our customers led us to offer this intuitive, complete and easy-to-implement solution,' said Brad Blackwell, senior product manager, Omnicell. 'By integrating innovative bedside point-of-care technology together with mobile carts, we create the ideal tool for care providers to do their jobs more efficiently and enhance patient safety.'

To better assist care providers in bringing patient care directly to the bedside, the SafetyMed solution is designed to work seamlessly with Omnicell's innovative mobile cart technology. The mobile cart features multiple drawer configurations with access controlled to each individual patient drawer, with full accountability. A care provider simply scans the patient's bar-coded wristband at the bedside and simultaneously reviews an electronic medication profile while the software automatically unlocks the patient-specific medication drawer on the mobile cart.

To facilitate regulatory and Joint Commission compliance by hospitals, additional features of the integrated SafetyMed solution includes automated dose response checks to first-time administration of medication; flagging of overdue medications; logging of all warnings and overrides and documentation on an electronic medication administration record. The comprehensive system is a combination of medication administration best practices, ground-breaking technology, and intuitive workflows.
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