Automated Dispensing Cabinets have radically changed the medication dispensing process in hospitals and other health care facilities. ADCs, help to decentralize the distribution of medication near the patient resulting in improved efficiency. Furthermore, most modern ADCs are equipped with bar code scanners that help reduce medication errors and control illegal drug delivery other than patient use.
ADCs are designed to help the nurses with their workflow, reducing the time spent dispensing and preparing the medicines. Although there is a learning curve with ADCs, with proper training and well-designed pilot phases, the adoption of the system by the nursing staff can be made easy.
Nurses' perception of ADCs has largely been positive, according to published data. Nurses posted in surgical units and intensive care units found the implementation of ADCs to help streamline their workflow and improve their productivity.
Most nurses agree that the ADCs are easy to use, and patient medication becomes easier with ADCs in place. The time spent on dispensing and preparing medication in a typical 8-hour shift can be reduced by as much as half an hour using an ADC and the time saved can be used for patient management and monitoring.
One of the concerns with the implementation of ADCs is the resistance of the nursing staff to adopt the new technology. However, studies conducted in several hospitals found that the transitions to ADC can be made easier for the nurses with proper training and pilot sessions. As ADCs have proven to be reliable, the trust of the nursing staff in these automated systems has grown over the years. Implementation of ADCs in operating theaters can significantly reduce the traffic in and out of the facility, thereby improving patient safety.
A successful introduction of ADCs requires proper communication, support, and training for the end-users to instill confidence in the system. When the nurses are involved in the change from the beginning of the process, resistance to adoption can be managed, and commitment to the new technology can be reinforced.
It is crucial to choose an ADC system that is safe, easy to use, and reliable to improve the acceptance among the nursing staff. TouchPoint Medical ADCs, are highly customizable that can be tailored to meet the needs of your facility. We offer ADCs with custom software that has several layers of security to minimize any accidental dispensing errors. Our systems also come with highly configurable patient profiles to provide a greater degree of accuracy during dispensing. We also take pride in our systems being very user-friendly and requiring minimal training to master.
ADCs can make the life of a nurse easy, allowing more time for patient care and monitoring. ADCs can also significantly decrease dispensing errors and provide streamlined access to medication right at the patient's bedside. Studies show that ADCs can substantially improve nursing staff satisfaction as well. With the right training and assistance, a shift to ADCs can be made smooth, and compliance can be increased, improving the overall performance of the nursing staff.
TouchPoint Medical is on a mission to help nurses and other health care workers embrace the new technology that can improve their workflow and reduce stress. Our highly customizable Automated Dispensing Cabinets and Medication Delivery Carts can enhance your staff satisfaction, boost productivity, and improve patient safety.
If you are interested in learning more about how automation can help your healthcare facility, schedule a free demonstration with one of our qualified technicians. Our technicians are available round the clock to assist you with any questions and queries.