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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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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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Nursing in 2017: Expanding Roles and Responsibilities

Nursing is becoming an increasingly regarded field in the healthcare system as hospitals are fast realizing the valuable roles nurses fill. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nurses are the largest component of a hospital’s staff and…

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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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Physician Shortages in Rural Communities Lead to Changing Role of Nurse Practitioners

Many rural areas around the country are underserved when it comes to the availability of physicians. In response to this, some medical schools have started offering programs that prepare students for specific careers in rural medicine. Some are even offering…

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News Corner: Interoperability and HIT Policy—Hot Topics at HIMSS17

The annual HIMSS conference took place this week in Orlando, Florida and featured a whopping 1,200 exhibitors and approximately 45,000 attendees. The focus, as in past years, was on ways to improve on existing technology. The conference included more than…

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