April 10, 2007 - DocuSys Inc., a provider of Anesthesia Information Systems (AIS) and Digital Drug Management Systems, announced the release of its second generation DocuJect, a point-of-care safety device for monitoring drug deliveries in the OR environment.
The announcement comes on the heels of the release of a widely publicized new study by the U.S. Pharmacopeia revealing that 5 percent of perioperative errors result in harm and that drug dose (particularly in pediatric patients) and communication errors were common causes of these errors. The study found that surgery patients are three times more likely to experience a harmful medication error than patients anywhere else in the health care system, prompting the following comment from one of the study's authors, Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., who is familiar with the DocuJect product. "Among other strategies, technologies like DocuJect that automate drug delivery hold promise to reduce these harmful events."
DocuJect combines digital imaging and bar code scanning technologies to enable instant interaction with patient and drug databases to provide alerts to the clinician before an impending adverse drug reaction or medication error can occur. The device also automates documentation of drug delivery in real- time. Installation of DocuJect II in DocuSys hospitals will begin in April.