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New IV admixtures automation solution offers safety benefits

Health Robotics : 09 June, 2008  (New Product)
Health Robotics has developed IV Station, a new IV automation solution that complements CytoCare, the company's award-winning and world-leading patient-specific chemotherapy IV robot.
IV Station is aimed at helping global health care providers deliver rapid, cost-effective, and safer IV doses to their patients by addressing medication errors, sterility, accuracy, and waste problems in the preparation, compounding, and dispensing of IV Admixtures.

'While many companies have recognised the life-critical importance of IV safety, all patient-specific automation solutions up until now have focused on the prescription and administration steps of the medication delivery process with products such as Electronic Prescription and Smart Infusion Pumps,' said Werner Rainer, chief executive officer of Health Robotics.

IV Station is the first patient-specific automation solution in the world that focuses on the preparation and compounding step of the life-critical process of IV Admixtures, where medication errors are arguably more critical given the inherent difficulty in their detection.

Beyond its Patient safety benefits, IV Station will address the waste problems of the current pharmacy process of Batch IVs [IVs that are not tailored to a specific patient clinical condition and therapy], whether these Batch IVs are processed by Batch IV automation companies or by hospitals that compound manually in Batch mode. IV Station offers global health care providers unique features and benefits by pioneering the first just-in-time patient-specific automated IV compounding solution.

A Rand Corporation study found that the USA ranks a mere 37th in the world in overall health system performance. The study showed the waste of Batch IVs at hospitals in the USA, where the observations of former Secretary of Treasury Paul O'Neill and his team were documented. O'Neill described how 'IV drugs are filled in Batch mode every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as a way to optimise the time of pharmacists. However not surprisingly, patient conditions change more rapidly than every other weekday. In fact, 40 percent of the hospital's IV solutions that are filled on Friday come back on Monday because of changes in patient conditions, and the returned IVs are simply dumped down the drain. The same study found that among three Intensive Care Units treating 1,759 patients, 37 of these patients ended up with infections contracted from the central intravenous lines that had been used to administer medications, and 19 of those patients died from those infections.'

IV Station is expected to become generally available to customers in Europe and the USA during 2009, after final validation tests and medical device certifications processes are completed at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, affiliated with the University of London, UK, and Campus Bio-Medico Hospital, affiliated with Opus Dei University in Rome, Italy.

IV Station will be manufactured, marketed, installed and supported directly by Health Robotics during its market validation phase, while the company seeks regional and/or global partners for its distribution, manufacturing, and support for future global deployment. IV Station will be offered to customers at considerable savings over the million-dollar expense of currently available Batch IV automation solutions.

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