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    Brit
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    Has anyone done a project on the administration of medications?  Standardizing the way non-IV meds are delivered to the patient?  Trying to get a head start on a late summer project and looking for any insights youmight have.  Thanks.

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    #61006

    Natalie
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    I have experience in this area.  Would you mind letting me know a bit more about your project?  Specifically, what work setting are you practicing in (pharm company, hospital, specialty clinic, etc.)? Sounds like you are going to learn a lot with this one!!

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    #61007

    Brit
    Participant

    Hospital.
    Particlarly interested in standardizing (as much as possible) the collection of meds from our med management system (was pyxis, now McKesson) to the bedside.  There are multiple variations of how meds are drawn, transported, and placed in patient rooms.  Our fluid/IV delivery is sound.

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    #61010

    mcleod
    Member

    Very interested in how you started back from the 6 Rights and designed the process around eliminating ADEs.  At least what was your general process of performing this analysis.

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    #61011

    Brit
    Participant

    I have no idea what you just meant.

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    #61012

    mcleod
    Member

    It was mostly a message for Natalie.  Obviously a large portion of the goals of the project must surround itself by improving certain aspects of your current process.  I assumed you were using the 6 Rights (Right Patient, Right Dose, Right Time, Right Route, Right Reason, etc…) as a guideline of how you would like the administration process to run.  With the goal of delivering an in-control process which reduces the amount of errors related to the 6 Rights. 

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    #61013

    Brit
    Participant

    Yes – that is the general thought process.   
    Just looking for any innovative ideas that might have been implemented out there to reduce or expedite the improve phase. 

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    #61014

    Joel
    Participant

    As a pharmacist having worked in a variety of healthcare settings
    includings hospitals I’m very interested in what your findings are.
    Medication distribution (indeed, the entire medication ordering,
    filling and administraton process) has always been problematic.
    I’m only slightly knowledgeable about the Automated Med
    Management system, in that we were going to implement the
    system in a hospital I was working at in 2000; I’m sure the system
    has been improved, but I will be happy to help if I can.

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    #61015

    Donald
    Participant

    There was a very good article entititled “Lean Six Sigma Reduces
    Medication Errors” in the April 2005 Quality Progress magazine
    with excellent details of a Six Sigma project between pharmacists
    and floor nurses at an unnamed hospital. It has great graphs,
    charts and methods used in carrying out the project. See if you
    can get a copy. If you cannot find it, contact me through
    http://www.bryantsstatisticalconsulting.com.

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