OFTC Students Get New Cutting Edge Pyxis System | Schools
As Allied Health students at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) prepare for employment, it is important for them to be knowledgeable about the latest technology used in the pharmacies and hospitals where they will one day be working. OFTC’s new Pyxis® MedStation® System funded with a Carl Perkins grant provides both Pharmacy Technology and Practical Nursing students with the latest in medication management technology, making them more marketable as graduates and ensuring the safety of the patients.
OFTC’s new Pyxis MedStation 4000 system includes a console and an automated dispensing cart used by many hospitals for the accurate and safe delivery of medication to patients in the hospital setting.
Pharmacy technicians fill this specialized cart under the supervision of a registered pharmacist with the medications and IV fluids or injections that the physician has ordered for the patient. The cart is accessible by the nursing staff through a biometric fingerprint-screening device and maintains a true track record of all entries into the cart. This decreases the risk of drug diversion and also lessens the risk of medication errors.
“All of the hospital pharmacies where OFTC students intern during their clinical rotations utilize the Pyxis MedStation,” explains OFTC Pharmacy Instructor Jack Shepherd. “Our students can now use this modern medication delivery method on campus and enter the clinical settings with a first-hand knowledge of the technology.”
OFTC’s Practical Nursing students will also be training on the Pyxis MedStation prior to hospital rotations. Instructors in both the pharmacy tech and the nursing programs will work together to create “mock” orders for the pharmacy students to load into the MedStation, and then the nursing students will practice retrieval of the medications from the system and administration to the patients.
The Carl Perkins grant was awarded to OFTC for the improvement of career and technical education programs to better prepare students for their future career.