Equashield, a Port Washington, NY firm, will be unveiling their first automated compounding robot. Technically called Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTD), such devices essentially reproduce a needle and a syringe action to compound drugs, particularly chemo agents for IV administration. Because such drugs can be toxic to clinical staff, the Equashield Pro has a number of proprietary safety systems and design elements that prevent exposure and cross-contamination.
Equashield Pro is promised to significantly improve efficiency, allowing staff to focus on other things while the robot preps the IV bags. It uses cameras to visually identify the vials and bags placed into its receiving bin. These are tracked continuously and draws are measured and monitored using more cameras. You even get a photo report of every compounding afterwards, just in case someone wants to look back on what the robot did.
The device will be unveiled at the American Society of Health System Pharmacy Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.
Here’s a company video showing off the Equashield Pro: