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The Opioid Crisis in Hospitals – What You May Not Know

It’s no secret that the opioid crisis has taken hold across the country. We continually see news reports and stories that highlight its serious repercussions. Earlier this summer, the federal government even went so far as to declare this crisis…

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Using Analytics Tools to Control Drug Diversion: Hackensack University Medical Center

The news has been inundated with reports of the increasing prevalence of opioid use throughout the country. Dubbed the “opioid crisis,” addiction to controlled substances is no longer a rare occurrence happening behind closed doors—it affects those of all socioeconomic…

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Benefits of Insourced, Automated IV Compounding: Lessons in Successful Implementation from the University of Rochester Medical Center

Medication compounding is a complicated and high-stakes operation that many hospitals have outsourced to compounding centers in an effort to save money and cut down on liability. However, recent high-profile events where sterility and safety issues have resulted in patient…

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Drug Diversion

As the opioid crisis becomes more prevalent in American society, healthcare systems are beginning to acknowledge the need for drug diversion prevention programs within their walls. With jaw dropping stories of diversion within the hospitals surfacing and reports of opioid…

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World Health Organization Takes on Medication Errors

Last week we celebrated Medication Safety Week, an event that was first recognized in 1999 by the Women’s Heart Foundation to bring to light the dangers of improper medication management. Over the last 18 years, we’ve seen progress made in…

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Medication Management Council’s Top 10 Compliance Best Practices for 2017

The Medication Management Council is a thought leadership initiative of Omnicell. Formed in June 2014, the Council’s mission is to identify medication management best practices and generate top 10 lists of best practices in the areas of safety, efficiency and…

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Is Your Hospital Prepared for Chapter Guidelines? Here’s What You Should Be Doing Now.

Health-system pharmacists and others dealing with hazardous drugs have July 1, 2018 top of mind. This is the date when the US Pharmacopeial Conventions’ Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs Handling guidelines go into effect. Announced in February, 2016, hospitals are beginning…

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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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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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