How Technology Can Help Pharmacists?
Pharmacists have one big concern in mind, that it is to ensure the safety of their patients. This can be achieved by prevent cross-contamination of various medication. Fortunately, the technology is able to provide good solutions to this kind of problem. As an example, pills residue could slowly accumulate in the pharmacist’s workplace inside one of the bottles. As an example, powerful medications used for chemotherapy should be handled carefully. If the bottle is reused for other medication, patients could ingest substances that are not intended for them.
Trace amount of powerful drugs can be toxic for some people and they can be allergic to specific substance. In 2012, there were cases of people who get contaminated by opioid substances in their drugs. This kind of contamination can be particularly dangerous and we should prevent this from happening at all costs. There are many technological implementations pharmacists can use and of them is Automated Dispensing System or ADS.
If used properly, ADS is able to alleviate problems associated with cross-contamination and powdery residue from pills can be eliminated. Pharmacies are dispensing thousands of prescriptions each day and it is a challenge to keep the workplace clean from any traces of unwanted substances. Many pharmacists still count out pills manually by hand and this makes safety a more difficult thing to achieve. ADS include filtration and vacuuming features, ensuring much reduced contamination. The vacuum system is based on HEPA filtration technology, allowing near complete suction of unwanted substances. Any leftover material will be insignificant enough and they won’t cause problems.
When pills are ejected, they are counted by the machine to avoid cross-contamination and easy the inventory tracking. A high-end ADS system is able to hold more than 250 types of drugs. In order to improve accuracy, photo verification is used. The picture of the drug is snapped when it’s dispensed into the bottle. It means that pharmacists are able to see what kinds of drugs that are being dispensed to patients.
Professionals should be aware of the potential problems in the pharmacy industry. Cross-contamination should become a particular concern. This will increase media interest and public awareness. Just about any pharmacy could witness at least one case of cross contamination through their careers. When embracing the technology, professionals in the pharmacy technology should be aware that patients’ safety comes first. ADS-based system can be quite fascinating to watch, but it should also be impressive in terms of reliability. They should continue to implement technologies that can revolutionize the whole industry just like penicillin has open a new era in the pharmacy industry.
The ADS system is a very helpful system that can automate many of the pharmacists’ tasks. There are many thousands of medications that they need to handle, so the risk of contamination is something that’s quite real. The system doesn’t only organize the drugs management and distribution; but also physically clean up residue from the storage and dispenser units. ADS should be a well-received system that can help to improve the health of patients.