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B. Braun's DoseTrac(TM) Software: Making Connections to Better Manage IV Therapy
Date:11/24/2008

Industry-First Inbound ADT Capability in DoseTrac(TM) Improves Communication and Safety, Promotes Ease of Use

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In an industry first that will help healthcare providers improve patient safety and reduce medication errors as they streamline care, B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) announces the launch of its DoseTrac(TM) Infusion Management Software with Inbound Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) Interface capabilities.

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A leader in infusion therapy, B. Braun was the first infusion pump vendor to offer real-time wireless information when it introduced its DoseTrac(TM) Infusion Management Software. The ADT Interface capability, also an industry-first, makes connectivity easier and less expensive. It's one of a series of connectivity programs the company expects to introduce for DoseTrac(TM) to support better communication among clinical, administrative and ancillary applications.

The ADT Interface allows room and bed information to be posted to real-time views and specified reports within DoseTracTM. Providing more specific information, the ADT Interface allows clinicians to be more effective and time efficient. For example, clinicians with access to the ADT information spend less time finding pumps that are reporting alerts or alarms and more time caring for patients.

"Patient specific information such as room and bed is readily available within B. Braun's DoseTrac(TM) Software and eliminates the need to search and/or cross-reference other systems," said Debby Cowan, Director of Pharmacy for Angel Medical Center. "Timing is critical, especially when it comes to infusion therapy within a fast-paced hospital environment. DoseTrac(TM) with ADT Interface enables quicker decision making, improved follow up by our clinicians and better outcomes for our patients."

For example, when an alarm sounds on an infusion pump, DoseTrac(TM) with ADT will highlight the alarm for clinicians and provide them with detailed information - including bed number - so they can quickly identify the alarm's location, as well as why it's sounding.

"The addition of an ADT Interface to our DoseTrac(TM) Software demonstrates B. Braun's commitment to develop solutions that create connectivity within the healthcare setting and work within the medical device industry to implement standards for connectivity and care," said Gale White, Vice President of Infusion Systems for B. Braun Medical Inc. "We will continue to partner with organizations like Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise - Patient Care Device (IHE-PCD) domain to ensure that patients and providers enjoy the benefits of connectivity."

DoseTrac(TM) with ADT Interface receives real-time notification of patient arrivals, movements and departures, to help improve the efficiency of the services provided by clinicians. In-depth patient information and locations are received and posted in real-time to specific views and reports within DoseTracTM to help healthcare professionals better interpret and make use of infusion information.

B. Braun was the first infusion systems vendor to offer and implement IHE interface-based standards commercially with the new ADT Software. IHE, an initiative by healthcare professionals and the industry to improve the way healthcare computer systems share information, promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM, IEEE and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement and enable care providers to use information more effectively.

B. Braun's DoseTrac(TM) Infusion Management Software provides hospitals with the ability to monitor, trend, report and manage the IV administration process and make the information available to end users and other hospital information management systems. A server application that collects and stores wireless infusion information in a database, DoseTrac(TM) Software uses real-time wireless information transmitted from the Outlook(R) Safety Infusion System from multiple departments. DoseTrac(TM) Software also allows clinicians to view real-time wireless information transmitted from the operational pumps while collecting this valuable data for retrospective reporting capabilities.

Detailed information about B. Braun's Outlook(R) Safety Infusion System is available on a special Web site, http://www.bbraunusa-smartpumps.com/dosetracnews.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is a global leader in infusion therapy and pain management and a pioneer in passive safety devices and PVC-/DEHP-free products. Every day, B. Braun employees worldwide share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance safety for patients, physicians and nurses.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare and, guided by its "Sharing Expertise" philosophy, helps today's healthcare workers address critical issues including environmental responsibility, medication errors reduction and infection prevention. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.


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