SwedishAmerican Pharmacy First in Country to Implement Medication Workflow Compounding Solution

SwedishAmerican’s Pharmacy Department is proud to announce that it recently implemented a new IV workflow system called BD-Cato, a device that standardizes compounding processes to reduce risk of error and improve workflow efficiency. SwedishAmerican is one of the first health systems in the country to implement BD-Cato for its sterile medication compounding.

“Historically, compounding of sterile intravenous medications has been a manual process that had minimal safety features in place other than a double check by a pharmacist,” says Elizabeth Schar, RPh, DPLA, Department of Pharmacy Services Distribution Manager at SwedishAmerican Hospital. “BD- Cato is a robust barcoding, gravimetric, documentation system that allows the pharmacy technician to compound a sterile intravenous medication accurately.”

BD-Cato standardizes compounding processes such as order review, medication picking and dose preparation. It uses gravimetric verification which assures accuracy of medications prepared in the pharmacy by using the unique, individualized weight of every medication as the way to verify preparations as opposed to a visual inspection. Additionally the BD-Cato uses barcode automation, helping to detect errors related to incorrect selection of a drug, along with electronic documentation which provides an automated audit trail of each medication compounding procedure.

“After many months of building the infrastructure, we are now live with the system here at Swedes,” concludes Schar. “This new technology will help us reduce waste, enhance accuracy and most important increase patient safety measures.”

To learn more about BD-Cato, visit www.bd.com.