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Technology’s Role in Navigating Hospital Drug Spend

A recent study by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals showed that between 2013 and 2015, inpatient drug spending increased an average 23.4 percent annually, and 38.7 percent on a per admission basis. Given the recent…

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Medication Reconciliation Programs Shown to Reduce Readmissions

With growing concerns over readmission rates, many hospitals have chosen to take advantage of the value that pharmacists bring to the job by enlisting their services to set up medication reconciliation programs as part of the discharge process. These programs…

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Disruptive Medication Processes Lead to Increases in Errors

Interruptions and distractions are a constant in nursing, especially when it comes to the medication ordering and administration process. To ensure optimal patient safety, the medication pass process should remain uninterrupted, however many disruptions are largely unavoidable. The very nature…

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Calling For A “Sixth” Patient Right

The five patient “rights” of nursing include the following: right patient, right medication, right dose, right time, and right route. To further improve patient safety and outcomes, healthcare professionals and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Health are proposing a “sixth”…

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Implementing Technology to Create a Safer and Quieter ICU

Unlike other areas of the hospital, the ICU hasn’t undergone any major upgrades in the last 50 years, despite the fact that 6 million patients pass through these departments annually, according to an article in STAT News. Alarms that were…

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Drug Diversion: A Nurse’s Practices Raise Concerns with Peers

By JoAnne L. Myhre, CPhT, BA, Drug Diversion Program Manager, Allina Health This first-hand account of a real diversion incident describes how it was uncovered and addressed by the healthcare institution. Allina Health, located in Minnesota, is one of the…

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Advances in Technology Create Expanded Roles for Pharmacists

Advanced technology in the hospital is becoming more common with the advent of tools including electronic health records, e-prescribing, and big data analytics programs. Beyond adding to the responsibilities of hospital IT professionals, these technologies are changing the roles of…

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Drug Diversion: Overcoming the “It Can’t Be My Nurse” Hurdles

By Debra Rorie, RPh, Pharmacy Implementation Supervisor, Deaconess Health System This first-hand account of a real diversion scenario describes how it was uncovered and addressed by the healthcare institution. 2010 marked a year of change at Deaconess Health System in…

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Alternative Careers in Nursing Part 4: Adventures with Travel

Career options available for those in the nursing field have never been better. In this four-part series, we examine opportunities for nurses who are looking for careers outside that of the traditional hospital bedside nurse. In the fourth and last…

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Drug Diversion: The Impact on Infection Control

This is the fourth in a series of articles based on diversion management webinars hosted by Omnicell and featuring drug diversion expert Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, and other speakers. This post is based on information presented by guest speaker…

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