Medication competency and your consultant pharmacist are two things that should go hand-in-hand. We all know that ongoing education and assessments are required to demonstrate staff competency and safe medication management is no exception. How are you assessing your staff? Can your consultant pharmacist help?
Assessing staff competency is a requirement of the licensing and accrediting organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and The Joint Commission (TJC). Most facilities struggle with assessing medication safety but have a simple solution available…their consultant pharmacist.
Your consultant pharmacist should be expert in this area and work with the facility to develop and implement a comprehensive tool to use throughout the year. At OctariusRx we offer an annual medication safety quiz that meets this requirement. The quiz educates and further develops the knowledge base of staff members who take it. In the end, our goal is not only to assess, but also to educate. And we accomplish regulatory compliance.
What does the quiz cover and how do you get one?
The quiz touches on some of the most commonly encountered situations, from allergies to drug dosing calculations to product recognition. The goal of education and assessments is to make sure facility staff are well rounded and generally knowledgeable. Our clients will be receiving a comprehensive medication safety quiz during our next visit. As usual, the quiz is continually updated and comes with a complete answer key to make grading easier.
If you are not an OctariusRx client and would like a copy of the quiz, or if you have any questions on proper assessment of medication safety, please reach out to us.
The Consultant Pharmacists at OctariusRx provide guidance on safe medication management, survey readiness and cost savings to ambulatory healthcare facilities/surgery centers, senior care facilities and pharmacies We also help individual patients optimize their medications to improve their quality of life and save money. Contact us for assistance.