Implementation of a workflow system with electronic verification for preparation of oral syringes


Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center


Purpose: The implementation of a commercially available, Web-based, barcode-enabled workflow management system for filling and checking patient-specific oral syringes at the Cleveland Clinic is described.

Summary: Historically, the process for preparing oral syringes has been a manual, repetitive procedure at Cleveland Clinic. Within this process, paper logs are the sole source of information. These logs can be difficult to locate or interpret. It remains a rote process with numerous manual steps offering opportunity for human error. Traditionally, automation, such as barcode scanning, has not been available during oral syringe preparation and checking. Based on increasing regulatory demands and documentation gaps identified, solutions were explored in the pharmacy's nonsterile compounding environment. An electronic verification workflow system was developed, implemented, and evaluated with a focused assessment of throughput and patient safety relative to oral syringe preparation. This was a retrospective study conducted in an academic, tertiary, acute care medical center. Analysis was completed at 3 months to evaluate efficiencies. Data regarding experiences at the Cleveland Clinic shows promising benefits with regards to United States Pharmacopeia chapter 795 compliance, the pursuit of incorporating advanced informatics and automation in manual processes, and standardization of workflow within an enterprise setting.

Conclusion: Implementation of an electronic workflow verification system that integrates barcode verification and image-capture capabilities has maintained regulatory compliance in the nonsterile compounding environment including preparation of oral syringe doses without impacting throughput.

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