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Category: Pharmacy


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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News Corner: Increases in Electronic Prescribing and Communication Highlighted in Recent Report

Surescripts recently released its annual National Progress Report, which encompasses over 9.7 billion electronic transactions completed in 2015, including 1.4 billion electronic prescriptions. In addition to discussing advancements and increases in e-prescribing, the report suggests positive trends in electronic provider…

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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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Policies for Preventing and Detecting Diversion in the Pharmacy

This is the third in a series of posts based on diversion management webinars hosted by Omnicell and featuring drug diversion expert Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, and other speakers. With the high volume of medications present in pharmacies—including powerful…

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Minimizing Diversion Risk in Procedural Areas, Operating Rooms, and Emergency Departments

This is the second 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. The Inherent Risk of Procedural Areas In 2009, one Colorado…

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General Policies for Preventing Drug Diversion

This is the first in a series of posts based on diversion management webinars hosted by Omnicell and featuring drug diversion expert Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN, and other speakers. The Fourfold Risk of Drug Diversion As drug diversion becomes…

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Hospital Pharmacists Tackle C-Suite Pain Points

Thanks to a growing body of research indicating initial success, pharmacists are now increasingly being incorporated into patient care teams to offer their own unique perspectives and medication insights.  Hospital pharmacists are also becoming active in medication reconciliation and discharge…

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New Study Draws Attention to Common Patient Safety Threat

In early May, a report in the British Medical Journal showed that medical errors are the third leading cause of death among American patients. However as it was a retrospective analysis, conducted before new patient safety initiatives and technologies existed…

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News Corner: Industry Guidelines Enhance Standardization to Improve Patient Safety

Recent estimates from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Health and Medicine Division indicate that medication errors harm at least 1.5 million patients per year in the United States. A large portion of these errors can be attributed…

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Polypharmacy: What Providers Need to Know

In the U.S., instances of polypharmacy—or taking five or more medications—have increased 70% among individuals over the age of 65 in the last 12 years. With chronic conditions on the rise, and the average life expectancy growing, managing multiple medications…

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