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Jeffrey S Reichard, Scott Savage, Stephen F Eckel
PURPOSE: A transitions of care program at an academic teaching hospital was designed to reengineer the fragmented discharge process. The team included a pharmacy technician, called a transition specialist, who coordinated the medication needs of discharging patients. This study intends to assess the impact of the transitions of care program on patient satisfaction scores. METHODS: Two datasets of Press Ganey and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers (HCAHPS) were analyzed...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Ian Bates, Christopher John, Andreia Bruno, Pamela Fu, Shirin Aliabadi
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there is a global healthcare workforce shortage of 7.2 million, which is predicted to grow to 12.9 million by 2035. Globally, people are living longer with multiple co-morbidities and require increased access and use of medicines. Pharmacists are a key component of the healthcare workforce, and in many countries, pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare profession. This paper identifies key issues and current trends affecting the global pharmacy workforce, in particular workforce distribution, country economic status, capacity, and workforce gender balance...
October 10, 2016: Human Resources for Health
Grayson Peek, Udobi Campbell, Matthew Kelm
Objective: The impact of providing nursing staff access to data collected through a medication dose tracking technology (MDTT) web portal was investigated. Methods: A quasi-experimental, nonrandomized, pre-post intervention study was conducted in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) at Duke University Hospital. The change in the number of medication requests per dispense routed to the pharmacy electronic health record (EHR) in-basket was analyzed pre and post web portal access. Other endpoints included the number of MDTT web portal queries per day by nursing staff, change in nursing satisfaction survey scores, and technician time associated with processing medication requests pre and post web portal access...
September 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Bryan C McCarthy, Michael Ferker
PURPOSE: A multifaceted automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) optimization initiative at a large hospital is described. SUMMARY: The ADC optimization project, which was launched approximately six weeks after activation of ADCs in 30 patient care unit medication rooms of a newly established adult hospital, included (1) adjustment of par inventory levels (desired on-hand quantities of medications) and par reorder quantities to reduce the risk of ADC supply exhaustion and improve restocking efficiency, (2) expansion of ADC "common stock" (medications assigned to ADC inventories) to increase medication availability at the point of care, and (3) removal of some infrequently prescribed medications from ADCs to reduce the likelihood of product expiration...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Sarah E Kelling, Anthony Pattin, Abdulbaset Salim, Paul Kilgore, Steven R Erickson
INTRODUCTION: The goal of the study was to identify perceived barriers to implementation of vaccination services encountered by independent and small-chain community pharmacies in an urban setting. METHODS: Pharmacists in independent and small-chain pharmacies located in 29 Michigan ZIP codes were visited and asked to complete a 5- to 10-min semi-structured interview. RESULTS: A total of 93 independent and 12 small-chain pharmacies participated (n = 105; 61%)...
September 15, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
Régis Vaillancourt, Annie Pouliot, Kim Streitenberger, Sylvia Hyland, Pierre Thabet
BACKGROUND: Inherent risks are associated with the preparation and administration of medications. As such, a key aspect of medication safety is to ensure safe medication management practices. OBJECTIVE: To identify key medication safety issues and high-alert drug classes that might benefit from implementation of pictograms, for use by health care providers, to enhance medication administration safety. This study was the first step in the development of such pictograms...
July 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Faika Zanjani, Lauren Crook, Rachel Smith, Demetra Antimisiaris, Nancy Schoenberg, Catherine Martin, Richard Clayton
OBJECTIVES: To examine rural and urban pharmacy staff perceptions on messaging, barriers, and motivators for preventing alcohol and medication interactions (AMI) in older adults (≥65 years of age). METHODS: A survey was distributed through the local pharmacist association and statewide pharmacy registry in Kentucky. A total of 255 responses were received from pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students. RESULTS: Across rural and urban regions alike, among the AMI prevention messages provided, participants identified the most important messages to be: AMI can be potentially dangerous and life threatening; emergency rooms should be used when experiencing an AMI; and doctors and pharmacists should be consulted about AMI...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
David F Blackburn, Charity D Evans, Dean T Eurich, Kerry D Mansell, Derek J Jorgenson, Jeff G Taylor, William M Semchuk, Yvonne M Shevchuk, Alfred J Remillard, David A Tran, Anne P Champagne
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To test a brief intervention for preventing statin nonadherence among community pharmacy patrons. DESIGN: Prospective, cluster-randomized, controlled trial (the Community Pharmacists Assisting in Total Cardiovascular Health [CPATCH] trial). SETTING: Thirty community pharmacies in Saskatchewan, Canada. PATIENTS: Participating pharmacies were randomized to 15 intervention pharmacies where a brief statin adherence intervention was delivered by pharmacists (intervention group [907 patients]) or 15 usual care pharmacies where no statin adherence intervention was delivered (usual care group [999 patients]) to new users of statins (defined as less than 1 yr of statin therapy)...
October 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Olufunmilola K Odukoya, Loren J Schleiden, Michelle A Chui
OBJECTIVES: It has been reported that supportive personnel, such as pharmacy technicians, are key participants in the use of health information technology. The purpose of this study was to describe how pharmacy technicians use e-prescribing and to explore the characteristics of technicians that support pharmacists in ensuring patient safety. METHODS: This was a qualitative study that used observations, interviews, and focus groups to understand the role of pharmacy technicians in e-prescribing...
December 2015: Pharmacy (Basel)
Jennifer L Evans, Ellen M Gladd, Alicia C Gonzalez, Salman Tranam, Joni M Larrabee, Sarah E Lipphardt, Tina T Chen, Michael D Ronn, John Spain
OBJECTIVES: To describe the creation of a clinical pharmacy technician position within the U.S. Army and to identify the personal skills and characteristics required to meet the demands of this role. SETTING: An outpatient military treatment facility located in Maryland. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The clinical pharmacy technician position was designed to support clinical pharmacy services within a patient-centered medical home. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Funding and a position description were established to hire a clinical pharmacy technician...
September 2016: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Mohammad Nurul Amin, Tahir Mehmood Khan, Syed Masudur Rahman Dewan, Mohammad Safiqul Islam, Mizanur Rahman Moghal, Long Chiau Ming
OBJECTIVES: To assess community pharmacists'/pharmacy technicians' knowledge and perceptions about adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and barriers towards the reporting of such reactions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was planned to approach potential respondents for the study. A self-administered questionnaire was delivered to community pharmacists/pharmacy technicians (N=292) practising in Dhaka, Bangladesh. RESULTS: The overall response to the survey was 69...
2016: BMJ Open
Ming Ren Toh, Lita Chew
BACKGROUND: Unused medicines represent a major source of wastage in healthcare systems around the world. Previous studies have suggested the potential cost savings from recycling the waste medicines. However, issues of product safety and integrity often deter healthcare institutions from recycling donated medications. AIM: To evaluate the feasibility of medication recycling and to assess the actual cost savings from recycling waste medicines and whether reusability of waste medicines differed among various drug classes and donor sources...
July 18, 2016: Palliative Medicine
Heather Neville, Larry Broadfield, Claudia Harding, Shelley Heukshorst, Jennifer Sweetapple, Megan Rolle
BACKGROUND: Pharmacy technicians are expanding their scope of practice, often in partnership with pharmacists. In oncology, such a shift in responsibilities may lead to workflow efficiencies, but may also cause concerns about patient risk and medication errors. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to compare the time spent on order entry and order-entry checking before and after training of a clinical support pharmacy technician (CSPT) to perform chemotherapy order entry...
May 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Sultan Suleman, Abdulkadir Woliyi, Kifle Woldemichael, Kora Tushune, Luc Duchateau, Agnes Degroote, Roy Vancauwenberghe, Nathalie Bracke, Bart De Spiegeleer
BACKGROUND: Effective and enforceable national regulations describing the manufacture and (re)packaging, export and import, distribution and storage, supply and sale, information and pharmaco-vigilance of medicines are required to consistently ensure optimal patient benefit. Expansion of pharmaceutical industries in many countries with advancement in transport technologies facilitated not only trade of genuine pharmaceutical products but also the circulation of poor quality medicines across the globe...
May 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
Christopher T Zemaitis, Ginger Morris, Maribeth Cabie, Osama Abdelghany, Lorraine Lee
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmission has been identified as a key quality indicator and a target for reducing health care spending. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a pharmacy-facilitated medication reconciliation and patient education model with post discharge follow-up on 30-day readmissions. METHODS: This prospective, historical control study included all patients admitted during a 6-month period to a general medicine unit with the highest 30-day readmission rate at Yale-New Haven Hospital...
June 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Philippe Garrigue, Marc Montana, Christophe Ventre, Amandine Savry, Laurence Gauthier-Villano, Pascale Pisano, Bertrand Pourroy
Closed-system transfer devices enhance the drug handlers' protection against hazardous drugs exposure by prohibiting the escape of liquid or vapor from the system. PhaSeal (Becton Dickinson), a reference closed-system transfer device, includes a vial protector with an expansion chamber, and an injector with an enclosed needle. VialShield (CareFusion) is another more recent closed-system transfer device including an expansion-chamber and a non-return valve, designed to be used in association with Texium (CareFusion), a closed, needle-free male luer with its preassembled syringe...
March 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
Joseph I Boullata, Beverly Holcombe, Gordon Sacks, Jane Gervasio, Stephen C Adams, Michael Christensen, Sharon Durfee, Phil Ayers, Neil Marshall, Peggi Guenter
Parenteral nutrition (PN) is a high-alert medication with a complex drug use process. Key steps in the process include the review of each PN prescription followed by the preparation of the formulation. The preparation step includes compounding the PN or activating a standardized commercially available PN product. The verification and review, as well as preparation of this complex therapy, require competency that may be determined by using a standardized process for pharmacists and for pharmacy technicians involved with PN...
August 2016: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Ellen C Rubin, Radhika Pisupati, Steven F Nerenberg
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of a pharmacy technician-collected medication history pilot program in the emergency department. This was completed by reviewing all elements of the technician activity by direct observation and by verifying the technician-collected medication list through a second phone call by a pharmacist to the outpatient pharmacy. METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study conducted from March to April 2015...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Matthew Kelm, Udobi Campbell
BACKGROUND: Medication dose-tracking technologies have the potential to improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with re-dispensing doses reported as missing. Data describing this technology and its impact on the medication use process are limited. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of dose-tracking technology on pharmacy workload and drug expense at an academic, acute care medical center. METHODS: Dose-tracking technology was implemented in June 2014...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Ehsan Zarei, Marziye Najafi, Roya Rajaee, Abbas Shamseddini
INTRODUCTION: Human resources are the most strategic resource and the most significant input for health systems. Their behavior and motivation can strongly affect the overall performance of the health systems. The aim of this study was to determine the factors that affect motivation in frontline employees at teaching hospitals affiliated with Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU) in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015...
April 2016: Electronic Physician
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