A Cost Minimization Analysis of Ready-to-Administer Prefilled Sterilized Syringes in a Dutch Hospital.

Affiliation

Unit of Pharmacotherapy, Epidemiology, and Pharmacoeconomics, University of Groningen, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, Groningen, the Netherlands; Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Isala Hospital, Zwolle, the Netherlands. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Preparation errors occur frequently during conventional preparation of parenteral medication in the clinical environment, causing patient harm and costs for the national health care system. The use of ready-to-administer prefilled sterilized syringes (PFSSs) produced by the hospital pharmacy can reduce preparation errors and the risk of bacteremia from contamination of the intravenous medication. The aim of this research is to compare the total costs of the conventional preparation method (CPM) with the PFSS method.

Keywords

cost minimization analysis,hospital,preparation,ready to administer,syringe,