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WCHOB is Leading Practice for Medication Safety Among Pediatric Facilities in NYS
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BUFFALO, NY -Women & Children’s Hospital was named the only leading practice for medication safety among pediatric facilities in results gathered from a survey of hospital pharmacy systems directed by the New York State Patient Safety Center. 

The Patient Safety Center working with the Health Research, Inc. awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to survey 149 pharmacy directors representing 218 hospitals throughout New York State to identify the statewide best practices in specific areas that can be replicated by a variety of hospital types in diverse locations. This first-time survey was administered to develop evidence-based hospital specific recommendations to assist hospitals in developing strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. All together, the survey consisted of 15 categories of leading practices.

Results of the survey indicate that Women & Children’s Hospital was the only site listed as a leading practice among pediatric facilities due to its well executed and innovative techniques. Specifically within this category, Women & Children’s Hospital was recognized for the following:

  • Its defined use of technology in linking electronic medical records to standard on-line pediatric references.
  • Standardized ordering format that includes the diagnosis and drug information to facilitate the dose verification process by matching drug, dose, and frequency to diagnosis.
  • The Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) ordering process was also highlighted for its approach at standardizing calculations to eliminate error.
  • The ability to deal with circumstances involving complex or unusual medications being prescribed.  A process was incorporated in which the patient's outpatient pharmacy is contacted to ensure that the medication ordered and concentration dispensed matches what the patient was on as an inpatient to ultimately ensure continuity of care.

Additionally, Women & Children’s Hospital was recognized as a leading practice in three other categories identified due to this survey’s results, including the High Risk Medications, Dispensing, and Administration categories. 

Within these categories, Women & Children’s Hospital was recognized for its practices in the areas of Automated Dispensing Cabinetry, Smart Pumps, and Chemotherapy administration as well as for the technique of replenishing medication using bar code technology.  A practice also recognized includes the consistent use of the pediatric smart pump library, which links the drug and dosage to a diagnosis for proper selection within the library.

The New York State Patient Safety Center is a leader in nationwide efforts to improve the safety of medication administration within the healthcare delivery system. The Patient Safety Center working with Health Research Inc. (HRI) awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to explore pharmaceutical safety systems in New York State hospitals to develop a methodology for identifying leading practices and to disseminate the results.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for specialized pediatric, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.

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