BD helps Thun Hospital advance medication management

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, has announced the STS AG Hospital in Thun, Switzerland has introduced a fully automated hospital wide prescription medicines supply chain, enabling, safe, secure, timely and efficient delivery of patients’ medicines from the central pharmacy to the ward or care unit.

The increased automation reduces the risk of preventable medication errors and helps to improve safety for patients across the hospital.

“This additional level of automation has allowed the central pharmacy team at Thun Hospital to optimise our workflow efficiency” says Dr. Barbara Portner, deputy head pharmacist at STS AG Hospital. “In turn, this further decreases preventable errors when dispensing medicines to the wards and ultimately increases medication safety for the patient at allpoints of care.”

The hospital has been using the Pyxis MedStation™ system from BD to automate its medication dispensing to patients on its wards since 2001. The Pyxis MedStation system provides secure storage of drugs on the ward and facilitates improved patient safety and efficiency in medication dispensing. Ward staff can call up the drugs prescribed by the doctor directly on the Pyxis MedStation screen and only those drugs are dispensed, ensuring the right drug is going to the right patient in the right dose at the right time.

Jason Strohm, worldwide vice president and general manager of Dispensing and Preparation Technologies for BD says “BD is committed to improving patient safety by reducing medication errors across the care continuum. Our integrated solutions, combined with the expertise and knowledge of our team are helping care providers around the world to streamline their medication management workflows and optimise the cost of ownership. Thun Hospital is setting new standards of care by embracing innovation and new technologies, and we are very proud to be working with them to achieve their goals.”