Chris Dube, Chief Operating Officer
Medication storage is a foundation in a Pharmacy Safety Program and critical to a healthcare organization. To ensure compliance with regulatory issues, Pharmacy Managers should develop an initiative that monitors medication storage and management. As with any rounding initiative, it must be on a scheduled frequency and become a part of the normal workflow operations.
Management of medications can be difficult with manual or no process at all. With manual processes, hospitals are generally at 80% compliance. With the transparency of an automated Pharmacy Rounding Solution, the compliance percentage increases to 97%. In addition, a Rounding Solution allows an organization to:
- Identify deficiencies for quick resolution by automatically assigning to the appropriate individual. All errors and issues must be corrected immediately to develop a culture of safety.
- Ensure your written medication management policies are followed
- Encourages your team to take the entire process seriously
Without a proper storage project in place there are several risks to a hospital:
- Medication misuse
- Serious patient risk
Routine rounds ensure that CMS guidelines are being adhered to so that a hospital can maintain its compliance. What types of items are reviewed during a Pharmacy Round?
- Are medications stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions?
- Are all medications in a secured area to prevent diversion and locked when necessary?
- Are all stored medications and components used in their preparation labeled with the contents?
- The hospital removes all expired, damaged, and/or contaminated medications and stores them separately from medications available for administration.
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