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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
Thomasville- Archbold Hospital in Thomasville is using a robot that automatically fills prescriptions and dispenses them without any room for error.
"Archie" the medication dispensing robot is failsafe, fast, and a piece of medical technology out of the future. "We package every thing that comes in with a site specific barcode. The robot knows what it is, its strength, manufacturer, and expiration date," says Doctor Chris Newman.
It's that barcode that's Archie's safety net. "It's quite an investment," says Newman. It's the key part of a system throughout Archbold Hospital that is linked to each individual patient, ensuring 100% accuracy. "The nurses, before they dispense the medication to the patient ,would scan the medicine and scan the patient to check that it is an appropriate order," says Newman.
One of the most important aspects of this robot is that Archbold isn't the only hospital that benefits from it. "Archie" also fills prescriptions for affiliate hospitals. "There's about 250 medications we consider our fast movers," says Newman.
Those fast movers need to be refilled quickly, another of Archie's tasks that are failsafe. "In order to fill it correctly, there's no manual process to this. The drugs to be refilled are placed on pegs [that "Archie" has electronically cataloged]," says Newman.
That's automation on the front end that saves you, and the hospital, money on the back end. "Medication safety is a big cost issue, so the hospital obviously felt that this up front cost would pay for itself in the end," says Newman. Doctors say that's an investment whose time-saving return is better care through the team concept of doctor, patient, pharmacist.
"Archie" cost more than $1,000,000. But doctors say that's small potatoes compared to the potential cost of accidentally giving a patient the wrong medication.