According to the European Medicines Agency, EU¹, “Medication errors” are unintentional errors in the prescribing, dispensing, administration or monitoring of a medicine while under the control of a healthcare professional, patient or consumer. They are the most common single preventable cause of adverse events in medication practice.
In a multicenter study², Ferner et al, checked systematic medication errors in routine clinical practice. They found that systematic calculation errors occurred in about 5% [95% confidence interval 2, 8%] of cases, and major errors in drawing up in a further 3% [1, 7%], with inadequate mixing in 9% [4, 14%]. This indicates that the delivered dose often deviates from the intended dose.
The trend, in the last decade, for improving medication safety in health systems is through innovations in automation technology. As regulatory requirements are increasing and investment in patients’ safety takes high priority, more and more hospitals are searching for computerized solutions to significantly improve the precision and safety of dosages and distribution of medication.
RescueDose is a pioneer in Automatic Liquid Medication Dispensing (ALMD) and intends to be the first company to offer mobile automatic dispensing of liquid medication system positioned at the patient’s bedside.