Mar 1, 2011

Embrace the Machines?

So I'm finishing up a call cleaning the stretcher in the ER and I go to restock equipment and supplies used. For us locally the Trauma hospital has an automated dispensing machine known as the McKesson. It works rather simply, plug in your user ID along with password and then with use of the touch screen interface you select your needed supplies. Than it dispenses drawers and cabinet doors to allow access to your goodies. It replaces the logic of grabbing out of a large storage area or bothering a busy nurse with a medial task, with pure automation.

My only problem in this embrace of automation? The fact that when you have only 4 Atrovent's left in the machine it does not require you to count the remaining quantity. 

OK so whats the problem with that? Its that when there is 30 albuterols the very next to administer that it requires a count to confirm the correct number of remaining stock!

Be Safe
Ambulance Junkie


  1. I could be way off as the wife of a paramedic...but it seems that many things don't cater to ease for ems. It's sad because fire gets it alot better up here. They discontinued free cafeteria credit because the nurses were complaining. Pissed me off!

  2. I'd have to say your assessment is 100% spot on. The youngest of the Emergency services children we seem to get all the hand-me-downs and have yet to have a say in our own future.