Hospital Robot

Robot does everything except give shots

A robot soon will be mixing intravenous medications and preparing syringes at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Officials say that should reduce the potential for errors and improve patient safety.

The robot, about the size of three refrigerators strapped together, can fill 300 syringes an hour, each with a custom dose and a bar-code label routing it to a particular patient.

The US Institute of Medicine says medication errors account for about seven-thousand deaths a year nationwide. Children's Hospital says it has very few errors among the 380-thousand syringes its pharmacy prepares each year but wants to be 100 percent mistake-free. The new automated system also frees up pharmacists to spend more time working with doctors and patients.