Clinicians at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are now the first in the U.S. to have an i.v.STATION ONCO robot from Health Robotics (Bolzano, Italy) that compounds and dispenses injectable chemo medications. The drugs are expensive and are essentially poisons that require careful handling, plus any mistakes preparing them could be lethal to the patient.
The i.v.STATION ONCO automates the process, essentially guaranteeing the contents of the vials and minimizing exposure of staff to the poisons. Mercy Medical prepares 11,000 such vials each year, so clearly there’s both a safety and efficiency benefit from automating this process.
From the product page:
i.v.STATION ONCO automatically compounds, caps, and labels commercially-available soft plastic bags and syringes from 8 different brands and 10 different sizes within an ISO-5 environment on negative pressure.
i.v.STATION ONCO however does not support sterile compounding with ampoules, plastic or glass bottles, CSTDs, unusually small vials, and elastomeric infusors, which Health Robotics’ customers will need to continue to compound with market-leading CytoCare and/or i.v.SOFT Assist solutions.
Here’s a video from Mercy Medical Center about their new robot:
Press release: Mercy launches first-in-nation pharmaceutical oncology robot
Product page: i.v.STATION ONCO…