Medication: ordering, transcription, administration, dispensing

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The Emergency Pharmacist Research Center: A Safety Measure in Emergency Medicine 03/19/08

These slide presentations and other related tools can assist hospitals, pharmacists, and emergency departments in their efforts to describe, justify, and implement new emergency pharmacist programs.

The slide presentations, which are accompanied by associated tools, include the following sections:

  • Justification
    • Provides a review of the literature that helps justify the need for an emergency pharmacist program
  • Role of the emergency pharmacist
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Taking Your Eyedrop Medication 03/19/08

The How to Take Your Eye Medication fact sheet details a technique called nasolacrimal occlusion (NLO) that was designed to reduce the amount of medication that enters the body through the tear ducts, therefore reducing medication side effects. The fact sheet contains illustrations to demonstrate how to correctly use the NLO technique.

Videos for Physicians About Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders 03/19/08

This Web site includes video interviews of experts in different areas of functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders reviewing recent developments in the GI field.

The site includes videos on the following topics:

  • Diet, eating, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Treatment advances and needs for kids and teens
  • Overcoming labels in IBS and approaching treatment
  • Making the diagnosis and understanding the burden of the illness
  • Is there a role for...
Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide 03/19/08

This pharmacy health literacy tool was designed to capture perspectives of three critical audiences: objective auditors, pharmacy staff, and patients. The parts of the assessment are complementary and designed to form a comprehensive assessment.

Although the tool was designed to be used in outpatient pharmacies of large, urban public hospitals that primarily serve a minority population, it can be adapted for use in other pharmacy and non-pharmacy environments.

This...

Reconciling Medications Toolkit 03/19/08

The Reconciling Medications Toolkit is designed to aid providers in the three-step process of medication reconciliation. Reconciling medication occurs by making sure the patient’s home medication list is complete, having doctors use the home medication list to write orders, and verifying that doctor’s orders correspond to the home medication list. This three-step process can prevent medication errors and the adverse drug effects that can occur as a result.

This toolkit contains the...

Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative 03/19/08

The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm. This toolkit is designed to assist all types of organizations, whether caring for inpatients or outpatients or using an electronic medical record, a paper-based system, or both.

This toolkit is designed to help:

  • Make the case for prioritizing medication reconciliation as...
White Blood Cell Growth Factors (CSF) Orders and Flow Sheet 12/17/07

This flow sheet, derived from the 2006 update of an American Society of Clinical Oncology guideline, provides a tool for documenting the rationale and details for administration of white blood cell growth factors (colony-stimulating factors).

This flow sheet enables providers to record the following information:

  • Patient information
  • Justification for use
    • Primary administration (preventive)
    • Secondary administration (preventive)
    • Therapeutic use...
A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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Speak Up™: Planning Your Follow-up Care 12/17/07

This brochure provides tips to encourage patients to become more involved in their care. It also gives patients guidance on how to find out about their medical condition, new medicines, and followup care.

The brochure includes the following information:

  • What should you do before leaving the hospital?
  • What if you have trouble understanding the language used in the instructions?
  • You feel overwhelmed by the followup care you need. What can you do?...
Frequently Asked Questions About Early Stage Breast Cancer: A Patient and Doctor Dialogue 12/17/07

This tool presents questions and answers addressing early stage breast cancer.

It covers the following breast cancer-related topics:

  • Tumors
  • Lobular vs. ductal carcinoma
  • Survival
  • Mastectomy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Recurrence
  • Lumpectomy
  • Radiation
  • Side effects
  • Breast reconstruction
  • More information/links to other resources

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