Crash cart duty is a task that hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians dread. It requires meticulously counting through large trays full of medications to determine what was used by clinicians so replacements can be made, while also making sure that no drugs have expired.
Taking inventory of crash cart trays and other medication trays consumes time that pharmacists could otherwise spend educating patients, which they're increasingly asked to do as providers shift to value-based care. Even in this age of electronic recordkeeping, some pharmacies still record the inventory in handwritten logbooks.
“Here's a person who's very highly educated, very highly compensated, mainly picking up (and counting) vials,” said Kevin MacDonald, a technology executive who heard about the process and decided he could come up with a better way.