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The Advantages of Advantage©

Advantage© (APS) uniquely integrates the pharmacy, nursing home, physician's office, and medication cart in a manner which saves time, reduces waste, decreases labor costs and promotes safety.

 

How does APS save time and increase efficiency?

  1. Ability for pharmacists to fill prescriptions offsite.
  2. Medication filling and packaging is automated based on each patient's current medication profile.
  3. Improves and automates the documentation process
    • Automatic documentation for nursing staff of medication administration, antipsychotic behaviors, and side effects.
    • Automated documentation of PRN (as needed) medications as well as required results of administration.
    • Time stamp on administration of medications.
    • Automatic documentation of missed doses.
  4. Medications are immediately available to the nurse for administration.
  5. Decreases nursing time during the medication pass.
  6. Decreases pharmacists time entering and verifying prescriptions as well as in checking prescriptions filled.
  7. Eliminates the need to transfer orders from the Physician's Orders to the MAR at the Nursing Home.
  8. Incorporates eprescribing in the physician's office.
 

How does APS reduce waste?

  1. Medications dispensed as needed with no waste.
  2. Eliminates the need for returned medication and associated labor (in those states where mandated or allowed).
 

How does APS decrease labor costs?

  1. Allows for predictive packaging thereby saving labor costs.
  2. Decreases nursing time during the medication pass.
  3. Decreases pharmacists time entering and verifying prescriptions as well as in checking prescriptions filled.
  4. Eliminates the need for returned medication and associated labor (in those states where mandated or allowed).
 

How does APS promote safety?

  1. Trending of Antipsychotic behaviors and side effects.
  2. Time stamp on administration of medications.
  3. Automatic documentation of missed doses.
  4. Medications are labeled individually at the pharmacy with expiration date and lot number.
  5. Automates required formulary changes in medications at the point of prescribing.
  6. Common database eliminates transcription errors.
  7. Allows the nurse to update and transmit to pharmacy changes in Level of Care immediately.