Especially for premature and newborn infants, the requirements might be adjusted daily, making precise work absolutely essential to avoid dosing errors – the most common medication error in children.1, 2 Accurate delivery is one of the main advantages of automated compounding devices compared to manual preparation.
In addition to accuracy, time is also an important factor, as many hospital pharmacists must prepare 25, 30, or more bags each day. With manual compounding, this task is even more time-consuming than with the help of an automated compounding device.
Compounding of Parenteral Nutrition
The main benefit of an automated compounder is, that it reduces the risk of human error because the transcription of regimens is read out electronically with a barcode scanner directly from the label and it provides a higher accuracy of delivery. Automated compounding is also less labor-intensive allowing for more daily preparations.
If the compounder is connected to a hospital information system, direct electronic filing and documentation are possible.
 Miller MR, Robinson KA, Lubomski LH, et al. Medication errors in paediatric care: a systematic review of epidemiology and an evaluation of evidence supporting reduction strategy recommendations. BMJ Quality & Safety 2007;16:116-126.
 Cowley E, Williams R, Cousins D. Mediaction errors in children : a descriptive summary of medication error reports submitted to the United States pharmacopeia. Current Therapeutic Research 2001;62(9) :627-640.