HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Medbox, Inc. (Pinksheets: MDBX) (www.medboxinc.com) commented today on how their automated medicine dispensing systems help both nurses and pharmacists in hospital settings.
A study from The Institute of Medicine ("To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System") reported that medical errors caused between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths annually. The report included recommendations for specific strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. It reasonably concluded that a reduction in medication errors might come from improving the complex process of getting medications to patients.
The current manual process for getting even a single medication to a patient in a hospital can be overly complex, with several "touch-points" where errors can occur.
Automated medication dispensing, such as the Medbox system, has been suggested as a technology that can assist in reducing the rates of medication errors.
Janet Harris, RN, CNAA, director of clinical improvement for Cardinal Health's Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement, compared use of an automated medication dispensing system to the manual method, and found the following important differences:
Harris called attention to some specific safety features: "A nurse cannot go home with the only keys to a narcotics cabinet, elapsed time from order to administration is measurably reduced, and the most experienced person—the pharmacist—is reviewing the order," she said.
Chris Woodruff, R.Ph., enterprise pharmacy project lead at Bon Secours Health System Inc., in Marriottsville, Maryland, summarized the benefits of automated dispensing: "Automated dispensing devices are the most effective and safe medication delivery systems available today, and enforce security of the medication use process."
Medbox is a leading developer of automated storage and dispensing solutions for a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Their patented systems are in use throughout the nation, and offer features not found on any other system of its type, including fingerprint recognition security, and cameras that document each time a medicine is dispensed.
For more information, contact Medbox at: (800) 762-1452.
About Medbox, Inc.:
Medbox is a leader in the development, sales and service of automated, biometrically controlled dispensing and storage systems for medicine and merchandise. Medbox has offices throughout the world, including New York, Tokyo and Toronto, and has their corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.
Medbox provides their patented systems, software and consulting services to pharmacies, urgent care centers, clinics, hospitals, and medical groups worldwide.
Medbox, Inc. is a publicly traded company, and is listed on the OTC Board, ticker symbol MDBX.
For more information on Medbox, please contact the Medbox Investor Relations Department at (800) 762-1452 or go online to www.medboxinc.com.
SOURCE Medbox, Inc.