Accurate, Safe, & Efficient Drug Compounding
Learn how our user-controlled automated system may help you increase the accuracy, safety, and efficiency of sterile hazardous drug compounding
Pharmaceutical drug compounding is required in order to create unique patient medication mixes. However, when these drugs are compounded manually, human factors such as interruptions, fatigue, and memory lapse are recognized in clinical literature to contribute to preparation errors.1,2
Recent incidents involving drug contamination and patient deaths associated with a compounding pharmacy underscore the safety challenges associated with current drug compounding processes throughout the country. Standards bodies have recommended the use of closed systems to help protect clinicians from exposure to hazardous drugs while protecting the patient preparation from exposure to environmental contaminants.3
The toxicity of hazardous drugs and the dangers of prolonged exposure have been proven to cause hair loss, skin rashes, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and even leukemia or other forms of cancer in healthcare workers.4,5,6,7 Studies have shown that workers can be at risk of exposure to these drugs throughout their lifecycle - from manufacturing, to distribution, to use in the clinical or home care environment, to waste disposal. Healthcare workers who handle these drugs may be exposed by inhaling aerosols or dust generated during pharmacy preparation and nursing administration, or by direct contact with the skin during accidental needlesticks, spills, or spill cleanup.
Sterile drug compounding requires technicians to prepare medications under the hood of a biological safety cabinet. Many of these cabinets have a sash window that restricts range of motion. This restriction can force technicians to hold awkward, static postures while compounding medications. In addition, repetitive motions, such as filling syringes, as well as contact stresses, such as leaning on work surfaces, can also contribute to musculoskeletal injuries.
The Diana system takes the variation out of manual drug preparation practice and lets clinicians create a repeatable sterile preparation and safe-handling process. The Diana system is designed to facilitate both low-volume and high-volume preparation of drugs, fits inside the pharmacy’s biological safety cabinet and complements existing pharmacy workflows. The system also provides automated checks and reminders to improve workflow efficiency and safety.