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Implement a Pharmacy-Led Pain Management Team
Q&A with Larry Owens, PharmD, BCPS

"The roots of our pharmacist-led pain-management initiative were set 18 years ago, when we recognized the need to provide targeted pain-management services for patients with orthopedic pain. At the time, the use of combination opioid/acetaminophen products for the treatment of severe pain was widespread. The goal was to minimize use of these medications and reduce the risk of chronic acetaminophen overdose." To learn more about how one hospital implemented a pharmacy-led pain-management team, CLICK HERE.

Did You Know . . .
Medication errors in the OR can have deadly consequences. Ready-to-administer (RTA) syringes can be utilized in this setting to improve patient safety, reduce medication errors, and reduce waste. CLICK HERE to read more about adopting RTA syringes in the OR.

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Strategies for Managing the IV Fluid Shortage
By Tyler A. Vest, PharmD, BCPS; Michelle A. Carrasquillo, PharmD; and Samuel M. Eberwein, PharmD, MS, BCPS

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in 2017, the result was widespread destruction to the island's infrastructure. In addition to destroying access to basic resources, the damages have cause massive disruptions in the manufacturing of multiple pharmaceutical products. Of particular concern is the production of small-volume IV fluids, including mix-on-demand systems. To read about strategies to manage the IV fluid shortage, CLICK HERE.

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