An automated dispensing system for improving medication timing in the emergency department.

TitleAn automated dispensing system for improving medication timing in the emergency department.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWard MJ, Boyd JS, Harger NJ, Deledda JM, Smith CL, Walker SM, Hice JD, Hart KW, Lindsell CJ, Wright SW
JournalWorld journal of emergency medicine
Volume3
Issue2
Pagination102-107
Date Published2012 Jun 12
Abstract

Numerous medical conditions require timely medication administration in the emergency department (ED). Automated dispensing systems (ADSs) store premixed common doses at the point-of-care to minimize time to administration, but the use of such automation to improved time to medication administration has not been studied. Since vancomycin is a commonly used empiric antimicrobial, we sought to quantify the effect of using an ADS on time to drug delivery in patients presenting to the ED. The study aimed to determine the efficacy of utilizing an ADS to improve time to administration of vancomycin and determine any negative effects on dosing appropriateness.

DOI10.1155/2013/304029
Alternate JournalWorld J Emerg Med