2 Hospital Pharmacy Practice Chapter 9Hospital Pharmacy Practice
3 Learning ObjectivesDescribe the various inpatient drug distribution systems.Explain the proper procedure for repackaging of medications.Identify the process of medication dispensing.Describe specialty services such as intravenous admixtures and total parenteral nutrition.
4 Learning ObjectivesIdentify the various roles of clinically trained pharmacists in the hospital.Describe the functions of a drug information center.Discuss the origins and purpose of the hospital formulary.Discuss the role of automation and inventory control in the hospital.
5 Learning ObjectivesDescribe the classifications and functions of a hospital.Identify the roles of major hospital committees.List common universal precautions to protect hospital employees.
6 HOSPITAL PHARMACY SERVICES Inpatient Drug Distribution Systems: Hospital pharmacies carry out a number of unique activities such as unit dose drug distribution system, repackaging, floor stock, and an IV admixture/TPN service. Also, a unit dose drug distribution system saves money and reduces the chance of medication errors.
7 Functions of a Hospital Diagnosis and testingTable 9.1
8 Functions of a Hospital 2. Treatment and therapyTable 9.1
9 Functions of a Hospital 3. Public processing (including admissions, record keeping, billing, and planning for post-release patient care)Table 9.1
10 Functions of a Hospital 4. Public health education and promotion, done through a variety of programs, including smoking cessation programs, weight loss programs, support group programs, and screening of community members (including mammographies and testing of blood pressure and cholesterol)Table 9.1
11 Functions of a Hospital 5. Teaching (i.e., training health professionals)Table 9.1
12 Functions of a Hospital 6. Research (i.e., carrying out programs that add to the sum of medical knowledge)Table 9.1
13 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!Only unopened unit doses can be returned to stock.
14 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services1. Maintaining drug treatment recordsTable 9.2
15 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services2. Ordering and stocking medications and medical suppliesTable 9.2
16 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services3. Repackaging medicationsTable 9.2
17 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services4. Dispensing medicationsTable 9.2
18 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services5. Providing information about the proper use of medicationsTable 9.2
19 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services6. Collecting and evaluating information about adverse drug reactions and interactionsTable 9.2
20 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services7. Preparing medications in various dose forms for dispensingTable 9.2
21 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services8. Educating and counseling patients about their drug therapiesTable 9.2
22 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Similar to Community Pharmacy Services9. Preventing, identifying, and resolving medication-related problemsTable 9.2
23 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy1. Preparing and maintaining a formularyTable 9.2
24 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy2. Conducting drug use evaluationsTable 9.2
25 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy3. Following universal precautionsTable 9.2
26 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy4. Preparing products using aseptic techniquesTable 9.2
27 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy5. Ensuring that hazardous agents are handled and disposed of properlyTable 9.2
28 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy6. Filling medication orders (as opposed to prescriptions)Table 9.2
29 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy7. Routinely preparing 24-hour supplies of patient medications in a form appropriate for a single administration to a patient (as opposed to a 30- or 90-day supply)Table 9.2
30 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy8. Stocking nursing stations with medications and suppliesTable 9.2
31 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy9. Delivering medications to patients’ roomsTable 9.2
32 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy10. Maintaining a drug information service, and providing drug information to the other healthcare professionals in the institutionTable 9.2
33 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy11. Educating and counseling inpatients and outpatients about their drug therapiesTable 9.2
34 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy12. Monitoring patient outcomesTable 9.2
35 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy13. Preventing, identifying, and resolving medication-related problemsTable 9.2
36 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy14. Participating in clinical drug investigations and researchTable 9.2
37 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy15. Providing in-service drug-related educationTable 9.2
38 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy16. Reviewing or auditing prescription services for evaluation of service accuracy and qualityTable 9.2
39 Hospital Pharmacy Services Services Provided by a Hospital Pharmacy17. Providing expert consultations in such areas as pediatric pharmacology, nutritional support, and pharmacokineticsTable 9.2
40 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!As in the community pharmacy, in the hospital pharmacy the technician works under the direct supervision of the pharmacist.
44 HOSPITAL PHARMACY SERVICES Clinical Services: Many hospitals offer clinical and consultative services such as nutrition support, pharmacokinetics, critical care, and other specialties.Drug Information Services: Most hospitals have a drug information service that is primarily responsible for making recommendations on a drug formulary. A hospital pharmacy may maintain a drug information center, containing reference works, including books, periodicals, microfilm, CDs, DVDs, and access to computerized or Internet databases.
45 HOSPITAL PHARMACY SERVICES Outpatient Pharmacy Services: Many large hospitals operate an outpatient pharmacy to serve the medication needs of patients discharged from the hospital, as well as for those patients who are seen in the emergency room or other ambulatory clinics adjoining the hospital.
46 Terms to Remember unit dose medication fill list unit dose profile floor stockTotal parenteral nutrition (TPN)satellite pharmacyprotocolformulary
47 AUTOMATION IN THE HOSPITAL PHARMACY Technology is used in the hospital pharmacy to increase accuracy and improve efficiency and quality of pharmacy services. Automated pharmacy services are replacing some of the routine, time-consuming filling procedures. For instance, large automated robots are now being used to perform some of the filling procedures with near 100% accuracy
48 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!All computer systems must protect patient privacy.
49 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!Although automation reduces errors, technical errors must still be monitored.
50 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!Expiration dates must be included on all repackaged medications.
52 INVENTORY MANAGEMENTAn important part of the technician’s position is the receipt, storage, and ordering of pharmaceuticals; discrepancies in the order from the wholesaler or pharmaceutical manufacturer should be resolved. Automation from the pharmacy wholesalers is making inventory management more accurate and less costly.
54 ORGANIZATION OF THE HOSPITAL Pharmacy Administration: The director of pharmacy is the pharmacist-in-charge, with overall responsibility for the hospital’s pharmacy services. Depending on the hospital size, additional assistant or associate directors may work under the director. In small rural hospitals, only one or two pharmacists may make up the pharmacy staff.
55 ORGANIZATION OF THE HOSPITAL Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: The JCAHO is an independent, non-profit group that sets the standards by which quality of healthcare is measured. The primary mission of JCAHO is to ensure quality care and patient safety in the hospitals that are accredited. They evaluate levels of safety and the quality of care in more than 15,000 healthcare organizations.
56 Hospital Pharmacy Issues Safety Note!Almost 50% of JCAHO standards relate directly to safety.
57 ORGANIZATION OF THE HOSPITAL Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee: The P&T committee is primarily responsible for making the final decision on drug formulary decisions.Infection Control Committee: The major role of the infection control committee (ICC) is the prevention of nosocomial infections in the hospital. Universal precautions are used to prevent infection when a hospital worker comes into contact with blood or other bodily fluids.
58 ORGANIZATION OF THE HOSPITAL Institutional Review Board: The IRB is responsible for protecting the patient in investigational studies undertaken in the hospital.
59 Universal Precaution Guidelines 1. Universal precautions apply to all persons within the hospital.Table 9.3
60 Universal Precaution Guidelines 2. Universal precautions apply to all contact or potential contact with blood, other bodily fluids, or body substances.Table 9.3
61 Universal Precaution Guidelines 3. Disposable latex gloves must be worn when contact with blood or other bodily fluids is anticipated or possible.Table 9.3
62 Universal Precaution Guidelines 4. Hands must be washed thoroughly after removing the latex gloves.Table 9.3
63 Universal Precaution Guidelines 5. Blood-soaked or contaminated materials, such as gloves, towels, or bandages, must be disposed of in a wastebasket lined with a plastic bag.Table 9.3
64 Universal Precaution Guidelines 6. Properly trained custodial personnel must be called if cleanup or removal of contaminated waste is necessary.Table 9.3
65 Universal Precaution Guidelines 7. Contaminated materials such as needles, syringes, swabs, and catheters must be placed into red plastic containers labeled for disposal of biohazardous materials. Proper institutional procedures generally involve incineration.Table 9.3
66 Universal Precaution Guidelines 8. A first-aid kit must be kept on hand in any area in which contact with blood or other bodily fluids is possible. The kit should contain, at minimum, the following items:adhesive bandages for covering small woundsTable 9.3
67 Universal Precaution Guidelines alcoholantiseptic/disinfectantbottle of bleach, which will be diluted at time of use to create a solution containing 1 part bleach to 10 parts water, for use in cleaning up blood spillsbox of disposable latex glovesdisposable towelsTable 9.3
68 Universal Precaution Guidelines medical tapeplastic bag or container for contaminated waste disposalsterile gauze for covering large woundsTable 9.3
69 Terms to RememberJoint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)accreditationpharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committeeinfection control committee (ICC)nosocomial infection
71 DiscussionCommunicating in the hospital setting often means working with a wide variety of other healthcare providers. Understanding what role they play in the patients’ healthcare is essential to effective communication. What duties do each of the following have?social services aide or workerrespiratory therapistphlebotomistmedical lab technicianpharmacistpharmacy technicianprimary care physiciananesthesiologistregistered nursepractical nursenurse’s aidehousekeeping aide
72 DiscussionWrite out a complete description, not using abbreviations, of the medication orders given in Figure 9.2 and Figure 9.3.