Management of pending medication orders

  • US 9,427,520 B2
  • Filed: 12/30/2005
  • Issued: 08/30/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/11/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for managing pending medication orders pertaining to a patient located in a healthcare facility, the system comprising a server configured to:

  • receive controlled-item-removed signals from an Automated Dispensing Machine (ADM) that stores a controlled medication, wherein the controlled-item-removed signals are provided by the ADM when controlled medications are removed from the ADM, each controlled-item-removed signal comprising a first medication identifier for the removed controlled medication;

    start a controlled-item-removed transaction upon receipt of the controlled-item-removed signal;

    receive infusion data from an infusion pump, wherein infusion data is provided by the infusion pump when an infusion has been started, the infusion data comprising a second medication identifiers for one or more medications being administered by the infusion pump;

    monitor an elapsed time since receipt of each controlled-item-removed signal;

    stop monitoring the elapsed time and resolve the controlled-item-removed transaction when a controlled-item-administration signal is received;

    generate an alert signal when the controlled-item-administration signal is not received within a preselected amount of the elapsed time; and

    update a medical transaction log to reflect a resolution of the alert when at least one of the following occurs;

    the controlled medication is returned to the ADM, or a wasted controlled medication is reported, wherein the medical transaction log comprises;

    a correction to an error in the infusion data.

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