Drug diversions are not only a regulatory issue, they can also lead to patient safety issues. Most diversions happen with controlled substances, but did you know there are risks and liabilities beyond your narcotic box? Proper medication management is critical from both a regulatory and clinical standpoint. Do you know what steps to take to maintain regulatory compliance and to keep your staff and patients safe?
The 2021 version of the OctariusRx medication safety quiz is about to be released. Ongoing education and assessment of staff medication management competency are standards of good practice. Medication competency and your consultant pharmacist are two things that should go hand-in-hand. How are you assessing your staff? Use our tool to help enhance patient safety and at the same time, satisfy the regulatory requirement.
Documenting patient allergies is not only an expectation of surveyors, it’s a critical patient safety function. How does your facility document patient allergies? Are you asking the right questions? Are they documented in a prominent and consistently defined location? Are you providing appropriate clarification of all noted allergies? This is a task we often take for granted, but doing it incorrectly could result in survey deficiencies, or worse…patient harm.
Some of the most common deficiencies in recent surveys are directly related to medication management and safety. How does your facility oversee pharmaceutical services and patient safety to avoid survey deficiencies? Let our pharmacy consultants help you.
New benchmarking studies and metrics are now available for our clients. If you manage an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) or other ambulatory healthcare facility, benchmarking is probably a concern for your organization. Benchmarking is not just a requirement of accrediting agencies such as the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and The Joint Commission (TJC): it’s a critical component of quality assessment and improvement.
Preview the new medications of 2021, as we reach the halfway point of the year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is constantly reviewing and approving new medications and the number of medications approved in recent years, has drastically increased. Keeping up with all the changes can be a full-time job. In this post, we look at the most recent approvals to keep you informed and help you keep your patients safe.