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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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Unexpected Drug Shortages – Are You Prepared?

Drug shortages are a frequent problem hospitals have to navigate, but a recent shortage of note is particularly unexpected. Sodium Bicarbonate, aka baking soda, is reported to be experiencing severe shortages. This drug is used to reduce acidity in the…

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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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Steps Hospitals Can Take to Mitigate Rising Drug Costs

Skyrocketing drug prices took over healthcare headlines in 2016, with price jumps often hitting triple digit percentages. As a result, hospitals and legislators are speaking out about the unsustainability of continued increases and the impact they have on patient care….

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Resources for Improving Pharmacy Operations

As there are many types of pharmacies with varying staff sizes and budgets, it can be difficult to find relevant information to help you maximize operational capabilities. If the pharmacy is running smoothly and efficiently, pharmacists can take the time…

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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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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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