TAMHSC nursing students get cutting-edge Pyxis machine

POSTED: Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 4:16pm

This device may look like a cash register but the Pyxis MedStation 4,000 is anything but.

"I just find who I'm looking for and then I have a list of all the medications in this machine," says TAMHSC College of Nursing assistant professor, Angela Mountain.

A recent addition to the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing the Pyxis, medication dispensing machine, is not only giving students real-world experience they wouldn't normally get until after graduation but it's also improving patient care in the hospital.

Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Sharon Wilkerson said, "It's 2:00 in the morning and you're having trouble staying awake and you have to find the right bottle, that's a real challenge, so there were medication errors that were made."

But the Pyxis MedStation will only dispense the exact amount of medicine you need, decreasing medication errors in hospitals.

"This does help because you can only access what you need to access at any given time and there's an accurate record here," said Mountain.

Meaning patients don't have to worry about getting the wrong medication in the wrong dosage -- an important lesson to learn now as a student than later as a nurse, when a simple mistake can mean the difference between life and death.

The Health Science Center College of Nursing is one of only a handful of schools in the country with this machine.

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