Cumberland Health getting funding for computerized drug system

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Province announces $15 million in equipment purchases

The CHA is getting a computerized drug storage and dispensing system through funding from Health and Wellness.

The CHA is getting a computerized drug storage and dispensing system through funding from Health and Wellness.

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AMHERST – The Cumberland Health Authority is receiving funding for a computerized drug storage and dispensing system.

Five health authorities are splitting $2.7 million for the system.

"In our busy health-care facilities, regular equipment upgrades are important to ensure we have the right tools to provide quality patient care," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.

Other investments include:

- $2.2 million for diagnostic and treatment equipment including upgrades to two CT scanners at the IWK Health Centre and replacement of dialysis machines at the Northside General and Cape Breton Regional hospitals

- $1.4 million for surgical equipment including operating room lights for the IWK and the Victoria General Hospital

- $609,642 for monitoring and ventilating equipment including a cardiopulmonary bypass machine for the IWK, and cardiac monitoring systems for the Dartmouth General Hospital

- $545,108 for beds and cribs at the Halifax Infirmary and the IWK.

An automated drug dispensing system was put in place at the ER at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in 2012 with funding from the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.

That medication management system provides secure storage of medication, improves accessibility to needed medication and enhances safety by dispensing exact and accurate dosages.

The foundation raised $51,750 of the $207,000 cost of the unit.

The department has set aside $18 million for hospital equipment replacement and upgrades this year. District health authorities made requests which were evaluated and prioritized. As requests are approved, districts tender for their equipment.

 

Organizations: IWK Health Centre, Cumberland Health Authority, Victoria General Hospital Dartmouth General Hospital Halifax Infirmary ER Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre Cumberland Health Care Foundation

Geographic location: Cape Breton

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