Intravenous (IV) drug mixing robots are found to harbor dangerous bacteria


Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “Drug dispensing robots designed to quickly prepare intravenous medications in a sterile environment can harbor dangerous bacteria,

according to a report in the May 2012 issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. During a routine screening in 2010, personnel at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina discovered Bacillus cereus bacteria in samples dispensed by their machine, the Intellifill IV. To our knowledge, this is the first published report of a pharmacy robot being contaminated with Bacillus with resultant contamination of intravenous drug product, the reports authors write.”

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