The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has established best practice guidelines for specific medication safety issues that continue to cause fatal and harmful errors in patients. The goal is to support the safety of the medication distribution process while making required drugs readily accessible in a variety of patient care areas.
The OR is one of the most dynamic environments across any health system. In this space, where patient acuity is high and the process for medication use is highly regulated, anesthesia providers must remain single-mindedly focused on patient care – not administrative tasks. At the same time, pharmacy needs to maintain a strong chain of custody for controlled substances.
Local pharmacists have always strived to be more than medication dispensers. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacists now have the opportunity to practice at the top of their license, offering comforting support and vital healthcare expertise right next door.
COVID-19 vaccines are now being distributed across the USA and administered to an expanding universe of patient populations. It’s clear that retail pharmacies will play a critical role in the vaccination of the general public in the coming months.
Imagine if Amazon lost one out of every 10 packages. Or the airlines lost 10% of passenger bags. As consumers this would be unacceptable. So why, as clinicians, are we not focused on improving the documented one in 10 inaccuracies in sterile compounded products?
Despite the reality that intravenous (IV) compounding is among the highest risk areas in the continuum of acute care when it comes to the potential for possible patient harm, IV systems are often the last to be impacted by advances in pharmacy automation.
Seminal research from 1997 on IV compounding discovered that 9 percent of manually compounded sterile preparations had incorrect ingredients and/or volumes. While a study from two decades ago may no longer seem relevant, the fact is, the vast majority of today’s IVs are still being prepared through error-prone manual processes.
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Sterile compounding is one of the most high risk, high cost areas of medication management. Manual compounding is fraught with error, studies indicating 1 in 10 IVs are not prepared according to guidelines. Exacerbating the problem are challenges with outsourced compounding facilities, including supply chain disruption and lack of quality.
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