Ask for Rosie…it might be safer!

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Nurses have hand-held devices that alert them when it is time for a patient’s medication. “If a nurse delivers medication late, it will ask why, and it gives canned reasons the nurse can choose from…If it is early, then it says, `This medication is early. Do you want to give it anyway?
I seem to remember automated pharmacy systems being tried out in the UK. However, this hospital in New Mexico seems to have taken it to heart. “Rosieā€¦is an intermingling of rails, hydraulic limbs and conveyor belts. Her accuracy rate – 99.9 percent – is hoped to prevent medication errors, a problem that claims 7,000 lives annually, according to the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. Complementing Rosie’s efficiency, the nurses also have hand-held devices that alert them when it is time for a patient’s medication. “If a nurse delivers medication late, it will ask why, and it gives canned reasons the nurse can choose from…If it is early, then it says, `This medication is early. Do you want to give it anyway?’ ” Read more.