UMMC presented the first poster on the benefits of Kit Check at ASHP Midyear in 2014. Many other ASHP posters and presentations have followed since, demonstrating the tremendous value of Kit Check for the hospital pharmacy. For example, the University of Michigan highlighted an increase in staff satisfaction, St. Rita’s achieved a 75% first-year ROI and Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph cut labor costs by 83%. To view the full list of the ASHP presentations, click the link below.
Saving $1000 Per Kit
Edward Hospital’s primary objective implementing Kit Check was to cut staff time required to manually restock pharmacy kits and to improve kit accuracy. But during implementation, the hospital noticed another opportunity related to its 300 pharmacy kits. Pharmacy staff recognized that Kit Check Analytics could be used to optimize par-levels and lower medication inventory in its 18 different kit types. To learn more about how Edward Hospital reduced kit inventory and saved nearly $1,000 per kit, see below.
With Kit Check
At the ASHP Summer Meetings 2016, PharMEDium hosted a breakfast symposium featuring three hospital pharmacy leaders who shared their experience using PharMEDium prefilled syringes with embedded Kit Check tags. The panel discussed the many benefits of the Kit Check – PharMEDium collaboration, including improved staff satisfaction, reduced replenishment time and increased inventory accuracy. To read the full summary of the symposium and to learn more about PharMEDium’s collaboration with Kit Check, click the link below.
14 Hours Saved Per Day, 766 Kits
The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM Medical Center), along with The University of Vermont College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is one of 138 academic medical centers in the country. The pharmacy manages over 700 pharmacy medication kits of 33 varieties every day. After implementing Kit Check, Manager of Support Staff Lisa Jackman noted, “I’m confident that this technology has helped us to reduce errors and improve patient safety. Kit Check is the extra safety measure we needed.” See all of the details in the case study below.
83% Faster Stocking,
Eliminating Stock Outs
Salinas Valley Memorial, a 269-bed facility in California, needed to reduce the time technicians spent manually refilling and checking the stock of each anesthesia drawer in their ORs. After implementing Kit Check, time spent restocking Pyxis anesthesia workstations fell to 30 minutes a day, 83% faster than their previous manual method. In addition to significant time savings, errors decreased and stock outs were essentially eliminated. They were also able to quickly locate recalled drugs using the Kit Location report. View the full results in the case study below:
Pharmacy Technicians Love Kit Check
The University of Michigan Hospitals saw a 76.5% reduction in time spent processing pharmacy kits. “Technicians love this. They absolutely love this because it’s easy. It makes a very overwhelming task much more manageable. It decreased their time to fill. It’s a better management of expiring medications because you can pre-order and know what’s out there expiring. We have the ability to recall medications if needed,” said Dianne Shoemaker, the Allied Health Technical Coordinator during a Management Case Study presentation at ASHP Midyear 2016.
75% First Year ROI,
79.6% Faster Restocking
The 425-bed St. Rita’s Medical Center extended Kit Check’s standard benefits of efficiency and inventory accuracy by implementing a process improvement project focused on kit location accuracy. Using Kit Check, the pharmacy reported at ASHP that it was able to cut labor time by 79.6%, down to only 24.5 minutes per day, while achieving a kit location accuracy of 86%. St. Rita’s estimates a first year return on investment (ROI) of 75% and a seven-year ROI exceeding 90%.
96% Time Savings,
317 Pediatric Kits
Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston had special concerns about ensuring the safety of its young, vulnerable patient population. The pharmacy at Texas Children’s implemented Kit Check because the staff knew it needed to improve the kit restocking process. Key objectives included improving safety in pharmacy kit medication dispensing, increasing efficiency and accuracy. Installing Kit Check reduced pharmacy kit restocking time by 96% and helped reduce the risk of errors at the nation’s largest freestanding children’s hospital. View the Texas Children’s pharmacy kit automation case study below.
75% Faster Processing,
99.5% Higher Accuracy
UMMC is a 819-bed general medical and surgical facility with 38,627 admissions in the most recent year alone. It is ranked nationally in five adult specialties and is a well known teaching and research hospital. To see a video blog that the hospital pharmacy filmed in-house on their use of Kit Check, please click the first link below.
10K Hours Saved,
50% Lower Inventory
NYU Langone Medical Center is an 800 bed hospital in New York City. The hospital pharmacy installed the Kit Check solution in October 2012 because pharmacy kit processing was becoming a burden. There were four full time pharmacy technicians that spent most of their time on kit replenishment, in addition to thousands of pharmacist hours checking every kit after restocking. In the first year with Kit Check, the hospital saved over 10,000 man-hours of manual labor, increased kit accuracy and cut kit inventory by 50%.
90% Faster Restocking,
93% Faster Recalls
CaroMont Regional Medical Center is a 435-bed, not-for-profit general and acute care facility in Gastonia, North Carolina (formerly Gaston Memorial Hospital). “Using Kit Check has created tremendous efficiency in our pharmacy kit processing. We have cut kit replenishment time by more than 90%,” said the Director of Pharmacy Services for CaroMont. He added, “By eliminating the manual process, Kit Check is enabling CaroMont pharmacists to spend more time on direct patient care.” See more below.
Kit Check Impresses
The Joint Commission
Last year, Wayne Memorial Hospital, a 274-bed facility in Goldsboro, NC recently underwent its Joint Commission accreditation visit. The surveyor was impressed by how Kit Check streamlines operations and favorably impacts patient safety. Since Kit Check’s implementation in 2013, the hospital has reduced its recall times from four man-days to minutes, if a recall effort is needed at all. Using Kit Check, the staff learned that about 90% of the time, the affected medication lot number is not present in the hospital. Read the full summary below:
Reducing Med Waste
and Cutting Overtime
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a 609-bed facility with 35 OR suites located in Washington D.C. Kit Check reduced the time it took for technicians to restock anesthesia and code trays, cutting technician overtime as a result. It also increased accuracy and decreased medication waste due to expiration. “Replenishing doesn’t take much time. Depending on how many surgical cases you have, you can do a lot of replenishment quickly. It is a no-brainer for code carts,” said Cox in an interview with Kit Check post-implementation. For the full interview, click below.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Evaluates Kit Check
The results of a time and motion study of three hospitals using Kit Check’s pharmacy kit automation solution were published in The University of Minnesota’s peer-reviewed pharmacy journal, INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy. The principle researchers came from Summerfield Consulting and Baylor’s Scott & White Health. The study compared the common manual kit restocking process with Kit Check’s automated process and the conclusions mirror the strong benefits we have seen in previous analyses. Kit Check users save time and cost. See the published research below.
9 out of 10 Hospitals Choose Kit Check
There are several reasons 9 out of 10 hospitals choose Kit Check. We were the first to offer pharmacy kit automation and to utilize that technology to address recalls, shortages and diversion. We also offer our customers unparalleled flexibility, allowing them to choose the tag type that works best for them and to only pay for tags used. And our team is dedicated to ensuring all Kit Check users get the most value from our products. Our 90% market share is a result of being a friend to the hospital pharmacist by creating user-friendly solutions that solve medication tracking and replenishment problems.