I came across the Diana Hazardous Drug Compounding SystemÂ from icumedical while doing a little internet surfing the other day. As the name implies itâ€™s a small, closed-looped system designed for compounding hazardous medications, i.e. chemotherapy.
The â€œDiana Systemâ€ utilizes a dual channel system, one for small volume and another for larger volumes. Itâ€™s a little difficult to understand exactly what the device does without seeing it in action, which is what the video below is for. It’s a pretty cool concept. I like the fact that itâ€™s compact and needleless, but there are a couple of things Iâ€™d like to see added to the device. It appears that there is a lot of manual programming with the â€œDiana Systemâ€. It would be nice if it was integrated with the pharmacy information system so that it could utilize barcode scanning to automate the programming, much like what we see on the newer generation of smart pumps that are hitting the market.
From the website:
Accurate, safe, and efficient hazardous drug compounding technology right at your fingertips.
- User-controlled automated compounding for maximum accuracy & safety. Unlike automated technologies that require huge investments and do not fit within existing workflows, the Diana system cost-effectively keeps pharmacists and technicians in control of the compounding process from beginning to end.
- Closed system assures safety of clinicians and the sterility of the mix.The Diana system fits under the hood of your biological safety cabinet and protects clinicians from exposure to hazardous drugs and accidental needlesticks while protecting the patient preparation from exposure to environmental contaminants.
- Reduces risk of repetitive stress injuries. Free up pharmacists and technicians from many of the repetitive motions required during preparation and reconstitution and reduce the stresses and injuries that can occur as a result.
- Increases efficiencies and reduces drug waste. By helping you improve the efficiency of high-volume compounding, the Diana system can deliver workflow efficiencies while helping you reduce drug waste by extracting every drop of drug from every container.