Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Pyxis Anesthesia ES system. Designed for the unique needs of the operating room (OR) and procedural care areas, the Pyxis Anesthesia ES system maximizes medication safety and workflow efficiency while helping to minimize drug diversion.

The combined incidence of medication errors in anesthesia is approximately 1 in 211 anesthetics, with anesthesia errors carrying an annual cost between $3.1 billion and $4.6 billion in the U.S.

The Pyxis Anesthesia ES system may help hospital pharmacists and anesthesia care providers avoid errors such as administering expired medications and dispensing the wrong medication or dosage.

“Patient safety increased with immediate unplanned, but likely, drug availability in a secure source,” said Bruce Latimer, director of Pharmacy at Kingman Regional Medical Center during a recent TechValidate survey where customers said the Pyxis Anesthesia ES system helps their anesthesia providers and pharmacists improve workflow efficiency and safely manage medication in the OR.

In the mid-1990s, BD began developing the initial Pyxis Anesthesia system by consulting anesthesiologists to understand how medications were managed in the OR. These discussions identified the types, sizes and daily volumes of medications that were typically used, as well as workspace requirements.

Since then, BD has continually used customer input to refine the Pyxis Anesthesia ES system. One example is the addition of a controlled-access pop-matrix drawer to provide secure storage space for bulkier, high-risk medication. Other enhancements include reporting tools, a patient-centric workflow and My Kits integration.

Another key challenge in the perioperative environment is the labeling of medication containers especially in connection with the anesthesia care provider prescribing, administering and charting medications in real time. The Pyxis Anesthesia ES system supports label printing solutions that follow the ISMP and ASA recommendations and ensures that labels are readily available, a standardized policy is in place to support appropriate use and frequency, etc.

The Pyxis Anesthesia system also helps hospitals and other procedural care facilities address drug diversion. With tracking, reconciliation, documentation and other management tools, the Pyxis Anesthesia system helps protect patients from medication errors due to diversion. It also helps protect anesthesiologists from diversion suspicion by providing clear traceability.