Establish an OR Satellite Pharmacy
December 2011 - Vol. 8 No. 12 - Page #6

Effectively managing medication use in the operating room (OR) has long been a challenge for hospital pharmacy. The lack of a direct pharmacy presence in the OR often requires other health care providers to handle medication-related issues that would be best addressed by a pharmacist. ASHP has stated that pharmaceutical services in the OR, including medication-use control, should be provided by those best suited to manage these practices—pharmacists.1 In some facilities, this oversight has been established through the development and implementation of an OR satellite pharmacy. Such programs also can reveal unexpected benefits. 

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