Modern operating rooms are high-pressure environments. Anesthesia providers need to balance patient care with the administrative tasks that come with managing medication safety. At the same time, Pharmacy needs to maintain accountability for the controlled substances being dispensed. Both are juggling manual processes that make medication management in the operating room highly challenging.
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.
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.
Medication management, especially with specialized drugs, has become increasingly complex for clinicians. Complicating matters is that 80% of medication management is done outside of the pharmacy.
With two million people suffering from opioid addiction and 115 people dying from an opioid overdose every day in the U.S., the opioid crisis is one of the major challenges healthcare is facing, specifically for pharmacies currently managing medication diversion. And this crisis is only exacerbated by COVID-19.
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Today, I was excited to join thousands of registrants representing pharmacy, nursing, informatics, and healthcare leaders for the launch of Omnicell Illuminate 2020 , one of the year’s biggest digital events dedicated to technology-driven medication management.
Let’s face it: medication management is challenging. Today 33% of a nurse’s time is spent interacting with technology with only 16% spent at the bedside. By increasing medication management efficiencies we can increase time at the bedside. And that’s good news for hospitals and patients alike.
Studies show that 1 in 10 healthcare workers will experience substance abuse at some point during their lives. Yet despite being the hardest hit by diversion, many health systems lack the necessary tools to detect these incidences in real-time.
For Massachusetts General Hospital – the No. 6-ranked hospital in the country by US News & World Report – finding and retrieving medication from the basement and delivering to distant patient floors can cause lengthy medication administration delays that can be dangerous to patients with urgent care needs.
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