Automated Drug Dispensing introduced at SMGH Emergency Department

(Strathroy, ON) – MedSelect Flex, an automated drug dispensing cabinet has been installed in the SMGH Emergency Department thanks in part to the generous donation and support of the SMGH Foundation and its many donors.

“This new stationary cabinet dispenses individually packaged doses of medication as needed, providing the right drug and right dose every time. This reduces the potential for human error. Other key benefits include increasing patient safety improving drug inventory management and quality control” says Pharmacy Manager K. Clark. “Single-dosed packaging of all medications features bar-code scanning and verification to ensure that the correct medication is given to patients.”

“Improving patient safety and minimizing risk is a commitment the Hospital embraces. This is another step towards our commitment.” Says N. Maltby, Chief Operating Officer.

MHA recently converted to single-dose medications and is working towards a standardized system for bar-coding. Automation of medication administration and bar-coding medications brings MHA one a higher level of patient safety.

About MHA:
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is comprised of two fully-accredited partner sites: Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital.

A progressive, team-oriented and technologically adept organization of excellence, the MHA is creating a more integrated and seamless approach to treatment by embracing and seeking out partnerships, through collaboration and investing in people. This coordinated approach helps to ensure that a high level of service is provided while reducing costs and continually enhancing quality.

Providing core acute primary and secondary hospital care, the MHA has also been recognized for establishing two notable Centres of Achievement (Orthopaedics and Diabetes Education Centre) that generate local and regional referrals.

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