The Pyxis Effect: Dispensing Pills and Practical Solutions


This year, as we look back over the accomplishments and challenges of the past fiscal year, we’ve adopted the theme ‘Checking our Vitals,’ as we examine what we’ve done – and how well we’ve done it. We invite you to check out the story below which aligns with our strategic priority of quality and safety.

On a busy hospital inpatient unit, it’s vital that patients get the exact medications they need – when they need it – in the safest way possible.

From the time the physician orders it – to the time pharmacy fills the order and sends it to the unit – to the time the nursing staff stores it safely – to the moment the nurse places the medication in the hands of the patient…time is of the essence.

Thousands of patients – and millions of medications – are at stake.

In the past year, the pharmacy staff collaborated with nursing staff to address any inefficiencies in the process.

Enter Pyxis – an automated medication dispensing cabinet.

Brilliant in its simplicity – Pyxis ensures that the process is as safe and efficient as possible – for both patients and staff.

It tracks inventory electronically – a key safety measure when dealing with narcotics and controlled substances – and interfaces with the Meditech computer to ensure that patients get only the medications prescribed for them.

As part of our annual reporting process, we’ve chosen to highlight four accomplishments, via video, which align with Eastern Health’s four strategic priorities:

The videos may also be accessed via this year’s Board Chair Report, which includes a message from Michael O’Keefe, Chair of Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees, along with a list of several other strategic accomplishments.

This story was written and produced by Deborah Collins, communications manager and Phil Simms, cameraman and editor, who both work with Corporate Communications.

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