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News Corner: Hospital Efforts Save 125,000 Lives, $28 Billion in Costs

Hospitals have increasingly focused their efforts on improving patient care while remaining cost conscious, and those efforts are paying off. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that from 2010 to 2015, hospitals were able…

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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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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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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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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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News Corner: Best Practices to Prevent Drug Diversion

Following a series of public punishments from the DEA for drug diversion at hospitals and health systems nationwide, it’s time to stop viewing drug diversion as an uncommon practice. Instead, hospital and health system leaders need to recognize that “Drug…

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How to Prevent Duplicate Medication Dispenses

Medication errors in hospitals is a serious and widespread issue that can have serious consequences for both the patient and the facility. One type of preventable error that occurs is when a patient is given duplicate medication due to being…

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Pharmacy Automation on the Rise

Reports are showing an increase in the adoption of pharmacy automation. This can be attributed to the crackdown on the increasing number of preventable medical errors, which, according to an article on WhaTech.com, pharmacists and healthcare providers are being tasked…

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ADCs and Patient Safety

A pharmacy director’s responsibilities don’t stop with the accurate dispensing of critical medicines to support treatment plans. They play a key role in promoting patient safety by working to prevent medication errors. One of the ways they accomplish this is…

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National Health IT Week: Three Interoperability Solutions for Medication Dispensing

For the 10th anniversary of National Health IT Week, HIMSS went all out. From using the dedicated #NHITWeek and #IHeartHIT hashtags on social media to the policy summit taking place in the middle of the week, to events surrounding the…

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