Sacramento, CA. The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center program team, led by Nicole Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS, has been awarded CSHP’s 2018 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award for their program:
Slimming Down Medication Errors while Advancing Pharmacy Practice into the Bariatric Surgery Clinic
This University of California, San Francisco Medical Center program delved into the integration of a pharmacist into the Bariatric Surgery Clinic and how adding it advances the pharmacy practice while ensuring patient safety pre-operatively, delivering patient-centered quality care and lowering overall costs by preventing harmful medication errors.
The initial development of the proposal to integrate a pharmacist into the bariatric surgery clinic was prompted by the outcomes observed at the time of discharge of the patients post-bariatric surgery. Bariatric patients have specialized medication needs but are often unaware or misinformed of the changes to their medications after surgery. Inaccurate medications lists are common and not discussed nor updated in advance of surgery. Given the nature of bariatric surgery which can affect the absorption of medications, many postoperative changes must occur to optimize pharmacotherapy. High-medication burden coupled with bariatric surgery places these patients at high-risk for medication harm. Many of the medication errors that occur are preventable and can be identified and addressed through collaborative care by including a pharmacist consultation in advance of bariatric surgery.
CSHP Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award - Honorable Mention
The Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, program team, led by Trisha Halim-Yu, PharmD, has been named CSHP’s 2018 Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award Honorable Mention for their program:
Implementing Virtual Discharge Consultations (VDC) into the Community Pharmacy Workflow
Inefficient transitions of care can contribute to increasing cost of healthcare and attribute to the readmission rate. Solutions such as Transitions-of-Care and Meds-to-Beds are effective programs that reduce readmission rates and improve patient care services; however, expansion of such program has its limitations such as inability to meet staffing requirements for daily delivery of discharge prescriptions and providing bedside consultations. By implementing VDC, use of such technology can help manage time effectively to impact more patients each day and outpatient pharmacists can reach more patients for discharge consultations and medication reconciliation.
Virtual discharge consultations has the impact to provide exemplary patient care, help manage time effectively to impact more patients being discharged each day, and can increase a patient's understanding and adherence of medications.
CSHP award recipients will be recognized during the CSHP Seminar 2018 Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, October 6th in San Diego, CA.
Founded in 1962, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) is a non-profit professional association established to serve the needs of hospital and health-system pharmacists. Representing over 4,500 members who practice clinical pharmacy and specialized medicine, CSHP is the largest state association for pharmacists. CSHP members share a common mission – to promote wellness, patient safety and the optimal use of medication.