“That type of technology is impressive...If this helps validate the right dose pulled up out of the vial, I think it’s an important tool that can decrease medication errors.”
Director of Pharmacy
Digital Hospital's Focus Group
Our engineers have completed the second generation prototype.
Dose measurement in a syringe is already on the market, but only for larger medication amounts. A new solution was needed that could do two additional functions: measure smaller doses; and measure quickly enough so it would not interfere with the nurse workflow. For instance, the high-alert drug insulin is administered in amounts too small for currently marketed technology to verify, as are neo-natal and pediatric high-alert drugs. Digital Hospital's innovation allows accurate and quick measurements of both small and large amounts of medication in a syringe.
1) How is Digital Hospital's product development progressing?
Insulin doses can be so small that current gravitational technology couldn’t measure the dose electronically in the field. A typical dose is 5/100ths of a milliLiter.
The verified dose is automatically documented in the hospital's Electronic Health Record, closing the loop.
The current vulnerability caused by an imprecise manual measurement or by manual data entry is thus eliminated.
4) How much insulin volume in an average dose?
5) How does our system solve the problem?
Insulin is a potentially fatal drug, and is the most frequently involved in harmful medication errors -- more than morphine, fentanyl, heparin, or warfarin. (Click here for footnote #2)
Insulin provided us with an unique safety challenge. Unlike the other high alert drugs, there was no efficient way for the nurse to electronically double check that the amount of the dose is correct before the drug is injected into the patient. This leaves patient safety too vulnerable to human error. The safety system by Digital Hospital, Inc. solves this problem.
3) Can insulin be fatal?
2) Why hasn't this problem been addressed before?
6) What sort of feedback have you had?