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Improving pharmacy supply-chain management in the operating room.

Authors
  • Thomas, J A
  • Martin, V
  • Frank, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Healthcare financial management : journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2000
Volume
54
Issue
12
Pages
58–61
Identifiers
PMID: 11141689
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Anesthesia services can account for a significant portion of a healthcare organization's costs. Deaconess Hospital of Evansville, Indiana, used a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort to implement process improvements that yielded significant cost savings while improving patient care. Shifting responsibility for drug distribution from the operating room (OR) nurses to a pharmacist, the hospital established a satellite pharmacy service for the OR. As a result, the hospital was able to improve control of drug distribution and record-keeping, reduce turnaround time for medication preparation, lower its medication charge error rate, and increase the percentage of surgeries that start on time. The success of the OR satellite pharmacy led the hospital to expand satellite pharmacy services to labor and delivery, the cardiac cath laboratory, and the intensive care units.

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