This year, as we look back over the accomplishments and challenges of the past fiscal year, we’ve adopted the theme ‘Checking our Vitals,’ as we examine what we’ve done – and how well we’ve done it. We invite you to check out the story below which aligns with our strategic priority of quality and safety.
On a busy hospital inpatient unit, it’s vital that patients get the exact medications they need – when they need it – in the safest way possible.
From the time the physician orders it – to the time pharmacy fills the order and sends it to the unit – to the time the nursing staff stores it safely – to the moment the nurse places the medication in the hands of the patient…time is of the essence.
Thousands of patients – and millions of medications – are at stake.
In the past year, the pharmacy staff collaborated with nursing staff to address any inefficiencies in the process.
Enter Pyxis – an automated medication dispensing cabinet.
Brilliant in its simplicity – Pyxis ensures that the process is as safe and efficient as possible – for both patients and staff.
It tracks inventory electronically – a key safety measure when dealing with narcotics and controlled substances – and interfaces with the Meditech computer to ensure that patients get only the medications prescribed for them. ■
- Access: Home is Where the Heart Is: The Remote Cardiac Device Monitoring Program
- Quality and Safety: The Pyxis Effect: Dispensing Pills and Practical Solutions
- Population Health: Immunization Goes Viral
- Sustainability: Airing Our Clean Laundry
The videos may also be accessed via this year’s Board Chair Report, which includes a message from Michael O’Keefe, Chair of Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees, along with a list of several other strategic accomplishments.
This story was written and produced by Deborah Collins, communications manager and Phil Simms, cameraman and editor, who both work with Corporate Communications.