A new automated system could cut down the number of injuries caused by Texas pharmacy errors.
Since most medication errors are a result of human misinterpretation of an order, it’s no surprise that using automated storage and retrieval systems cuts down on the number of pharmacy mistakes. These machines both store the medications in rotating carousels and use software programs to manage drug inventory.
The software, such as in machines from Talyst and AutoPharm3, verify the prescription and dosage using barcodes, resulting in a much more accurate system than relying on pharmacy technicians alone.
These pharmacy automation systems are programmed to:
- Stock, track, and receive all supplies
- Document all transactions and supply orders
- Perform accurate medication dispensing
- Keep automatic track of expiry dates
- Perform regular wholesale ordering
- Prioritize orders and recognize emergencies
Not only do these systems make fewer errors, they also use less space. The machines take up less room than conventional shelving and drawer systems found in most pharmacies. They have been shown to improve workflow by cutting down on walking and search time while filling patient orders, and could potentially take the place of extra staff members, resulting in smaller pharmacy workforces.