St. Luke’s Hospital announced it has implemented
Kit Check to track medications and automate the restocking of pharmacy kits used
throughout the hospital for critical care procedures. The solution that
combines cloud software and radio-frequency identification tags added
to each medication will also enable more efficient processes for anesthesia
medication replenishment in the operating room and managing drug recalls.
St. Luke’s is the first hospital in Minnesota to implement the Kit
“We utilize many different types of kits in the pharmacy as a way
to have specific medications on hand for the provider just in case they
need to administer them in an emergency,” said Brent Williams, St.
Luke’s pharmacy manager. “It is a very time-consuming process
to keep track of the medications in these kits and keep them stocked appropriately
for the provider. Kit Check allows us to more efficiently accomplish this
task. We are able to utilize RFID tags with a scanning station to very
quickly determine which medications were used during a case and which
medication in the tray will expire first. We are also able to tell at
any given moment which kits that are deployed on our nursing units contain
medications that have been recalled by the manufacturer or are nearing
St. Luke’s pharmacy previously restocked all kits manually. Since
only a few items are used from each kit during a procedure, pharmacy staff
had to pick up each remaining medication to determine what was used and
should be restocked. They also had to manually check those remaining items
to ensure no medications needed to be removed due to expiration. The Kit
Check software now calculates that data automatically. An
INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy Journal article in June reported an average time savings of 80.4% among
three hospitals studies using Kit Check.
Williams also noted, “Using Kit Check will allow us to implement
a new tray exchange system for the medications that are used by anesthesia.
Each day, anesthesia providers will pick up a new tray of medications
from the pharmacy. The tray will contain the various medications needed
for surgeries for the day. The speed of Kit Check is enabling us to implement
the new process. This will help reduce expenditures on medications that
may otherwise be stockpiled in a room.”