unit-dose system

unit-dose system

a system of drug distribution in which a portable cart containing a drawer for each patient's medications is prepared by the hospital pharmacy with a 24-hour supply of the medications.
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Before automation, North Adams' nurses relied on a traditional hospital unit-dose system with a 24-hour cart exchange.
The unit-dose system is under development for certain compounds, such as biotechnology products, where the threat of microbial contamination is a concern or where the dosing regimen may be less frequent.
Systems vary from the traditional prescription vial to unit-dose systems to more sophisticated systems that, for example, package all morning medications in one package.