Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Use of an automated drug distribution cabinet system in a disaster response mobile Emergency Department

Herman Morchel, MD, MEE, BSEE, Chinwe Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, Nilesh Desai, BS RPh, MBA, Brian Faley, PharmD, Nasir Mahmood, MS, Gary Del Moro, BS, AHIMT, Joseph Feldman, MD

Abstract


Objective: This article describes the innovative use of an automated drug distribution cabinet system for medication supply in a disaster response mobile Emergency Department vehicle. Prior to the use of the automated drug distribution cabinet system described in this article, the mobile hospitals were stocked as needed with drugs in individual boxes and draws. Experience with multiple deployments found this method to be very cumbersome and labor intensive, both in preparation, operational use, and demobilization.

Setting: For a recent deployment to provide emergency medical care at the 2014 Super Bowl football event, the automated drug distribution cabinet system in the Institution's main campus Emergency Department was duplicated and incorporated into the mobile Emergency Department.

Results: This method of drug stocking and dispensing was found to be far more efficient than gathering and placing drugs in onboard draws and racks.

Conclusions: Automated drug distribution cabinet systems can be used to significantly improve patient care and overall efficiency in mobile hospital deployments.


Keywords


mobile Emergency Department, disaster response, Super Bowl, automated drug distribution cabinet system, mobile medical units, encrypted microwave Ethernet bridge, Electronic Medical Record, pharmaceutical supply, Super Storm Sandy

Full Text:

PDF

References


no references




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajdm.2015.0191

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.
This site uses cookies to maintain session information critical to the user's experience and environment on this system. Click "Accept Cookies" to continue.
For more details please visit our privacy statement at: Privacy & GDPR