St. Michael's Hospital Selects Automated Drug Management System

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Canadian Hospital Selects Advanced Pharmacy Automation Solution

In a continued effort to increase patient safety by reducing the potential for medication errors, St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario has purchased Swisslog's PillPick system, an advanced automated drug management system.

The PillPick® system is produced by Swisslog, a leading global provider of pharmacy automation systems for hospitals. The PillPick system automates the packaging, storage and dispensing of tablets, capsules, ampoules, vials, cups and syringes. Once bulk medications are packaged in bar-coded, unit dose form, they are stored in a high-density pharmacy robot that can accommodate more than 26,000 unit doses. When medications are needed, unit doses are pulled from the robot into a unit that assembles patient-specific, 24-hour medication orders on a patented, flexible PickRing. Each PickRing can be arranged alphabetically or by order of administration. A large bar coded tag attached to each PickRing specifies the drug, administration time and other patient-specific information.

About St. Michael's
St. Michael's Hospital is a large and vibrant Catholic teaching and research hospital in the heart of Toronto. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital leads with innovation, and serves with compassion. Renowned for providing exceptional patient care, St. Michael's Hospital is a regional trauma centre and downtown Toronto's designated trauma centre for adults.

About Swisslog
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for hospitals as well as software and consulting services in the field of supply chain management. Swisslog's solutions optimize customers' production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries around the world rely on.


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