Monthly Archives: January 2013

fMRI study uncovers mechanism for drug cravings

This article at Medical Xpress caught my interest because I’ve been reading Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku, which spends a fair amount of time talking about fMRI. “An fMRI machine uses “echoes” created by radio waves to peer inside […]

Saturday morning coffee [January 26 2013]

So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The coffee mug to the right comes straight from Amsterdam. I stopped there back in November 2011 on my way to Germany […]

Accuracy of preparation of i.v. medication syringes for anesthesiology [article]

Here’s an interesting article from the January issue of AJHP that talks about the accuracy of medication syringes used in surgical procedures. Some of the findings are a bit unnerving: “18% of preparations deviated from the declared dose by ±20%, 8% deviated by ±50%, and 4% deviated by ±100%“. Humans, we’re just not all that […]

Firefighers in Australia using ingestible capsule to monitor core body temperature

Engadget: “A new swallowable pill has been trialled with 50 firefighters in Australia, aimed at monitoring body temperatures and other vital readings when working under extreme conditions. Using Equivital’s VitalSense Core Temperature capsules, they transmit readings to the companion EQ02 LifeMonitor, housed on the chest. This then sends data on skin temperature, heart rate and […]

BMTS Corp goes down for the count and takes Demolizer II with it

Way back in November 2011 I posted about a cool pharmacy technology called the Demolizer II, a sharps waste eliminator system of sorts. That’s not the interesting part though. That particular post has generated more comments than any other post I’ve ever written. As of this moment there are 32 comments attached to it, mostly bad. Starting last […]

Quick review of things worth reading this week

I missed my regular Saturday morning coffee post yesterday for a couple of reasons. I have a cold that has been kicking my butt all week. Not sure why this cold feels particularly weighty, but it does. Is it that I’m run down or that I’m aging? I pray that it’s the former, but fear […]

Cool Pharmacy App – MediSafe Medication Reminder [#android]

I came across this app the other day and thought it was pretty interesting. The app, MediSafe Medication Minder, is part of the MediSafe Project. The website isn’t very informative, but it’s worth checking out. What’s the MediSafe app all about? Well, this pretty much sums it up: “It’s simple. When it’s time for you […]

Saturday morning coffee [January 12 2013]

Welcome to my first Saturday morning coffee post of 2013. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts…. The coffee mug below was a Christmas present from my youngest daughter, Mikaela. Apparently she reads my blog; yeah, I’m as surprised by that as anyone. […]

Pharmacy tabletop unit-dose packager comparison [table]

Tabletop unit-dose packagers don’t get much respect, but have you ever been in a hospital pharmacy servicing more than 100 beds that doesn’t have one? I haven’t. Not to say that every pharmacy out there has one, but they’re certainly prevalent. The Cadet by Euclid is pretty much synonymous for “tabletop unit-dose packager” in the […]

The impact of prescription time guarantees on patient safety

I came across an interesting article at the ISMP website this morning. The article details the results of a community pharmacy survey looking at what impact policies and procedures related to guaranteed prescription fill times have on medication errors. The results are predictable and scary. “Eighty-three percent of pharmacists working at pharmacies with advertised time […]