Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), maker of the RIVA
fully-automated medication compounding system, announced that the
technology produced its first chemotherapy dose today, December 4, 2012.
The medication was administered to a patient being treated at Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.
"RIVA provides an important safeguard for patient care when there is
simply no room for error," said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO
of IH Systems. "RIVA technology sets a new standard in safety by
virtually eliminating the risk of medication error and contamination."
Part of the University Health Network (UHN) comprised of four hospitals
in downtown Toronto, Princess Margaret is recognized globally as one of
the world's leading cancer centers dedicated to patient care, research
and education. UHN's pharmacy department is the largest comprehensive
clinical pharmacy program in Canada. The department added RIVA's
automated compounding technology as part of the redevelopment of its
chemotheapy daycare unit to ensure it continues to meet the highest
standards for safety, accuracy and efficiency.
"Drugs used in cancer treatment have a narrow window of dosing for
safety and effectiveness, beyond which the dose can be subtherapeutic or
highly toxic," said Rita Kwong, site operations manager at Princess
Margaret Pharmacy, UHN. "Robotic automation such as RIVA provides a
solution that enhances both medication safety for our cancer patients as
well as occupational health and safety of pharmacy staff."
Since its introduction in 2008, RIVA systems globally have collectively
prepared more than 1 million doses of medication safely and accurately.
The system's safety record has been demonstrated by more than 50,000
routine quality control checks at 27 RIVA installations that have found
no contamination in compounds produced by the machines.
IH Systems will be providing demonstrations of how RIVA performs complex
compounding processes for IV syringes and bags at booth 645 at the
American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) conference, Dec. 2
- 6 in Las Vegas.
About Intelligent Hospital Systems
Founded in 2006, Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) is a medical
device company focused on the design and development of automated
solutions for the hospital environment. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, IH
Systems manufactures RIVA, a fully automated IV compounding system that
prepares medications for syringes and IV bags in an aseptic environment.
Using RIVA, hospitals enhance patient safety, lower the cost-per-dose of
medications, reduce their vulnerability to medication shortages and cut
waste. For more information, visit http://www.intelligenthospitals.com/.
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