Automated Dispensing Cabinet Error Prevention Strategies

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Jennifer Beasley
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Automated Dispensing Cabinet Error Prevention Strategies

For those institutions that utilize automated dispensing cabinets, can you provide information regarding your error prevention strategies at the machines?

A recent mock surveyor noted that red and yellow bins should be used to differentiate/segregate high alert and look-alike/sound-alike drugs within the ADCs. We are using colored bins to differentiate these products within the pharmacy, but have not operationalized this outside the department. We want to ensure any process we put in place will be sustainable.

Any insight into different strategies other institutions have implemented would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jen