The catalyst for the overhaul was to bring the pharmacy’s IV Clean Room in line with federal regulations. In conjunction with the renovation, the pharmacy also acquired a new carousel, a piece of equipment that holds approximately 80 percent of the pharmacy’s inventory and makes communicating medication needs easier and more efficient.
An automated unit-dosing machine that allows pharmacy staff to affix barcodes to each dose has also been brought in.
The recent improvements in the pharmacy helps bring Lawrence Memorial Hospital one-step closer toward reaching its goal of using Bedside Medication Verification (BMV). With BMV a dose of medication would be scanned against a patient’s identification bracelet to ensure that a patient is getting the correct medication. This technology would also allow the pharmacy to barcode every step of the medication process.
“We are very excited about the pharmacy’s recent renovation and newly-added technologies,” said Michelle Corrado, Pharm D, director of pharmacy services for Hallmark Health System. “Patient safety is always our number one goal and these improvements are consistent with that.”
For more information about the pharmacy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Hallmark Health, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.
Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts-New England Medical Center for neonatology.