Develop an Effective Unit Dose Packaging Strategy
December 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 12 - Page #20

The effort to deliver all medications to the nursing units in bar coded unit of use typically requires a combination of approaches, including purchasing medications in unit of use, repackaging medications in-house, or utilizing the services of a contracted repackaging service.

Elmira Psychiatric Center, part of the New York State Office of Mental Health, is a 65-bed facility serving the mental health needs of children and adults. The center’s pharmacy operates from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Electronic medical records and bar code scanning are employed to ensure medication safety. Most medications are purchased in bar coded unit of use, but due to availability issues, achieving the goal of purchasing 100% of medications in unit of use remains elusive. Our organization utilizes both an oral solid and a liquid repackaging machine to repackage and bar code these drugs. In addition, some medications are repackaged by a contracted repackaging service.

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