Medication turnaround time is the interval from the time a medication order is written (manually or electronically) to the time the medication is administered.1 Monitoring medication delivery turnaround time in acute care settings allows departments to measure the impact of system and process efficiencies in the context of patient care.2 While medication tracking technology can focus on both patient-specific... Read more
Q&A with Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, BCSCP, FASHP
Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What are pharmacy’s intrinsic risks in utilizing a manual approach to IV preparation?
Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, BCSCP, FASHP: There are potential error points throughout every step of IV preparation when using a manual... Read more
Recently, The Joint Commission and state boards of pharmacy have increased their scrutiny of aseptic technique, cleanroom cleaning, and certification of cleanrooms. It is not uncommon that a surveyor will spend time examining certification reports and inquiring about results and trends. It is prudent that the designated person who reviews certification reports does not simply accept them as is, but... Read more
Q&A with Gerald Offei-Nkansah, PharmD, MBA, MS; Robert M. Rose, PharmD, MS; Samuel M. Eberwein, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCSCP; Mark Lyons, RPh, MS; Mara Pickard, BS; and Roya Tran, PharmD, MS, ACE
Established in November 1992 by the Veterans Health Care Act and codified as Section 340B, the 340B Drug Pricing Program allows federally qualified organizations, known as covered entities supporting... Read more
Q&A with Caryn Belisle, BS Pharm, RPh, MBADirector of Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance, Quality, and SafetyBrigham and Women’s Hospital
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What is the process for identifying all staff who could potentially be exposed to hazardous drugs?
Caryn Belisle, BS Pharm, RPh, MBA: Whether working in a small hospital or large health-system, identifying... Read more
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