Health Robotics reported today that Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa issued today a press release to celebrate the launch of the first i.v.STATION ONCO in North America, and uploaded a video testimonial from Desmond Waters , Director of Pharmacy to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2GGBUHe32Q
"We're pleased that Mercy is the first to launch this advanced technology in the U.S.," said Desmond Waters , Pharmacy Director at Mercy. "The oncology robot is yet another example of Mercy leading the way with world-class cancer care. We provide 11,000 i.v. chemotherapy preparations each year so the benefits of having this precise, state-of-the-art equipment for our patients will be far-reaching."
Gaspar DeViedma, Health Robotics' Executive Vice President and Board Member, stated: "I'm very pleased to see our second-generation i.v.STATION ONCO Robot finally launched in the United States. Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has been and continues to be an excellent Health Robotics' partner in this endeavor, and Mr. Waters and Mercy's executive management team looks forward to host visits from other world leading Oncology institutions. Health Robotics' second North American installation of i.v.STATION ONCO is currently scheduled for Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Besides its small footprint, speed/throughput, and cost advantages over its competitors, i.v.STATION ONCO is the only Oncology robot that both automatically puts a tamper-evident syringe cap and safely attaches a patient label to chemotherapy and monoclonal antibody therapy IV doses."
Mercy Medical Center's press release continued: "This technology removes the element of human error in mixing chemo drugs and allows for precise mixtures, which increases patient safety. Care providers at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center will be able to remotely and automatically observe, manage, audit, approve and dispense injectable medications without unnecessary exposure to the drugs. If needed, pharmacy staff can supervise and dispense i.v. medications from locations outside the pharmacy via secure intranet access. In addition to the new oncology robot at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, Mercy has the only inpatient pharmacy i.v.STATION robot in Iowa, installed in 2009."