I spent some time recently speaking with the director of pharmacy (DOP) from a large acute care facility about operations and various dispensing models. In this particular instance, the hospital utilizes a cartfill model, decentralized pharmacists in satellites to handle first doses, batched IVâ€™s and automated dispensing cabinets for pain meds and other â€œPRNâ€ medications.
At one point the conversation drifted toward a discussion of using a cartless dispensing model. The DOP wasnâ€™t a fan. The reason cited was a fear that utilizing automated dispensing cabinets in a cartless model would create a workflow logjam in the pharmacy as the entire day would be dedicated to â€œmassive ADC [automated dispensing cabinet] fillsâ€. I understand the thought process, but have found through experience that this simply isn’t true. In a well-constructed workflow a cartless model is quite efficient.