With what may turn out to be a nationwide model, hospitals in San Diego have joined forces in an effort to reduce the number of adverse drug events (ADEs) associated with intravenous medication administration.
For too long now, many technicians have been trained in programs that just don't meet quality standards. Pharmacists know about this, but many people outside the profession don't. At its midyear meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Henri Manasse, executive VP and CEO of ASHP, made known his intention to expose this "dirty little secret" to state legislators and the public.
Pharmacists hope a new Congress will roll back reimbursement cutbacks that were originally slated
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every 31 seconds a limited-English speaker enters the United States. For the approximately 48 million residents who speak a language other than English at home, that language barrier looms large when they visit an emergency room or are admitted to a hospital.
When three infants died in September after receiving an adult dose of heparin at an Indianapolis hospital, patient safety experts pointed to the absence of bedside bar-coding—a technology they claim could have prevented the tragedy.
Disposing of hazardous pharmaceutical waste is nothing new for hospitals. However, the task has become more challenging in recent years due in part to a greater variety of toxic drugs that are being discarded.
Drug-eluting stents (DESs) greatly reduce the chances of restenosis, a gradual growth of abnormal cells within the stent. However, the results of a new study reveal that DESs may also put patients at a higher risk for a sudden and potentially fatal thrombosis.
At most large tertiary care hospitals and academic medical centers, around-the-clock pharmacy service is relatively common. But in some small and rural hospitals, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week pharmacy coverage is not economically feasible or practical. How are pharmacy services provided in those facilities? And how do health-system pharmacists feel about a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations proposal that would require all hospital pharmacies to provide 24/7 service?
Suppose you were able to evaluate a hospital based on how well it has implemented quality and safety initiatives. The Leapfrog Group set out to do just that when it commissioned a survey to establish a national rating system that offers a broad assessment of a hospital's quality and safety. Fifty-nine hospitals have been named to Leapfrog's top hospitals list based on data from its survey.
Data from a new study funded in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) revealed a robust reduction in patients' blood sugar levels when pharmacists or nurses were utilized as case managers who made independent decisions regarding medication use instead of waiting for physician approval.