At Asepsis Medical, we understand the intricacies involved with drug discovery and the criticality of optimal dosing. We also understand that despite pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling efforts to develop dosing regimens, medications are too often mis-dosed due to sequence preparation errors from failure to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended dosing instructions. As such, despite best efforts, human factors often dictate the standard of patient care.
It is at the juncture of manufacturer and health care provider where Asepsis Medical enhances patient outcome. Whether products, processes or a combination, Asepsis Medical provides proprietary solutions for manufacturers that enable health care providers the tools to rapidly and intuitively prepare and administer medication at the correct concentration and individualized optimal dose, thus providing the highest possible standard of patient care.
Statistics portray that over 1,000 people die per day as a result of preventable medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death in America1; and that on average, a hospital patient is subject to at least one medication error per day2; and that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated reports received of fatal medication errors and found that the most common types of errors involved the administration of an improper dose (41%), administering the wrong drug (16%), and using the wrong route of administration (16%), with injectable drugs raising the most problems3.
The statistic clearly show that the multiple hands-on procedures of consolidation and correlation of components, calculation of dosage and diluent volume, within an already complex environment, exponentially increases the potential for a medical error. In fact, according to a Medical Error Program operated by the U.S. Pharmacopeia and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, confusion caused by similar drug names accounts for up to 25% of all errors reported. In addition, labeling and packaging issues were cited as the leading cause of 33% of all errors, including 30% of all fatalities.4
The severity of these statistics can only be exacerbated by the fact the studies also indicate pediatric patients are up to three times more likely to have an adverse drug event than adults from these errors5. These statistics should nevertheless promote an industry movement to provide safer, more accurate and intuitive apparatus and medications to providers. Reducing preventable medication errors should start well before the medication’s reach the heath-care providers and certainly before the patient.
Whether dosing according to patient characteristics (e.g., BSA or weight), and/or low dose (e.g., mcg, mg, IU, mL), our proprietary technology provides oral over-the-counter medicinal solutions with the same platform used for highly potent low dose injectable medications for small mass neonates. There is no “just about”, “patient range” or “adjusted for dosing convenience” – solely, precisely as prescribed.
I wish to personally thank you for your interest in our company and mission to enhance patient safety and outcomes through higher precision medication delivery.
CEO and Managing Partner
1 McCann, Erin, “Deaths by Medical Mistakes Hit Records”, healthcarenews.com, http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/deaths-by-medical-mistakes-hit-records.
2 “Summary”. Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.
3 “Strategies to Reduce Medication Errors: Working to Improve Medication Safety”. fda.gov. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm143553.htm
4 Pham, J. C., Story, J. L., Hicks, R. W., et al. (2011). National study on the frequency, types, causes, and consequences of voluntarily reported emergency department medication errors.
5 Mendelsohn, A. B., Schroeder, T. J., Annest, J. L. (2006). National surveillance of emergency department visits for outpatient adverse drug events. Journal of the American Medical.