Pill dispensers for kids’ hospital THE ESSENTIALS
NEW technologies have started arriving at Princess Margaret Hospital in anticipation of the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) completion next year.
Since the automated dispensing machines arrived last month, hospital staff have been familiarising themselves by opening the drawers and dispensing mint lollies instead of real medication.
Chief pharmacist Chris Hopps said 66 automated dispensing machines would be used in PCH clinical areas and pharmacy.
“We will also be getting unit dose robots called PillPicks (ours will be the first of its kind in Australia), whole pack robots and robots physically built into the building,” Mr Hopps said.
“This is one step on the road towards what we call closed loop dispensing, which is the goal as far as medication safety goes.”
Clinical nurse consultant Cathy Dunstan said the machines would improve safety and efficiency for the patient.
“At the moment we have all our medications in a drawer, so we won’t be wasting time searching,” Ms Dunstan said.
“A lot of medications have similar names or look very similar when they’re next to each other.”
Acting clinical nurse manager Stephanie Broad, Chris Hopps and Cathy Dunstan.