United States hospitals are now using robots to reduce potentially life-threatening pharmacy errors. PillPick, a two-armed robot that places a single dose of medication in a small bag with an identifying bar code, is now being used in Chicago hospitals. A nurse can scan the coded bag along with a bar code on the patient’s wristband. If the medication or dosage is incorrect, a computer will alert the nurse to the error.
The robot was designed by SwissLog Healthcare Solutions. PillPick costs about $1.5 million apiece. The robot is designed to reduce human error. Common sources of mistakes include mixing up drugs with similar spellings and placing the wrong dosages in the same location.
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