New GHS robot designed to boost safety

10/23/2013 9:50 PM

10/23/2013 9:51 PM

Greenville Health System is acquiring a new automated pharmacy compounding system that officials say will improve the safety and quality of medication administration at the hospital.

The RIVA system is a robot that automates preparation of sterile intravenous medications, said GHS pharmacy manager Richard Capps.

Because it creates a cleaner working environment and is extremely accurate, it leads to a more consistent and safer preparation of sterile IV medications, reducing human error, he said.

It also allows GHS to compound medications in-house, giving the hospital more control to better deal with drug shortages, Capps said.

“Our health system pharmacy touches virtually every patient,” said Mike Hanna, senior administrator of the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, “and it is our responsibility to provide every medication dose with the utmost safety and accuracy.”

The unit is manufactured by Intelligent Hospital Systems of Winnipeg, Manitoba, which says it “provides true walk-away capability, allowing for extended production runs with no staff intervention required.”

“RIVA sets a new standard for patient and medication safety by eliminating cross-contamination and the risk of human error,” said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, CEO of IH Systems.

GHS’s units are expected to be installed next year. The cost was not immediately available.

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