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Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced that UpToDate's clinical knowledge system has been integrated with Sentri7 surveillance software by Pharmacy OneSource.
This partnership of evidence-based clinical information through UpToDate and clinical patient surveillance from Sentri7 offers healthcare providers actionable information at the point of care to make better decisions in directing patient care.
UpToDate synthesizes the most recent medical information into evidence-based, practical recommendations clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate is the only clinical knowledge system associated with improved outcomes.
"Sentri7 offers real-time actionable patient information at the clinician's fingertips, including direct access to UpToDate's superior evidence-based topic reviews, the resource of choice for more than 600,000 physicians," said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. "By marrying Sentri7's leading edge technology and intuitive functionality with UpToDate's world-class medical content, Wolters Kluwer Health delivers what other surveillance solution providers cannot -- real-time decision support backed by clinical knowledge to improve outcomes."
The integration of UpToDate into Sentri7 allows clinicians the opportunity to facilitate earlier, better, and more consistent interventions. This offers healthcare providers the ability to accelerate patient workflows, leading to shorter lengths of stay, lower costs, improved patient safety and reduced antibiotic resistance. Get more information.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced that Pharmacy OneSource® has released a new version of Simplifi 797®, a web-based quality assurance software for USP chapter 797 compounding compliance.
The upgraded version of Simplifi 797 includes CriticalPoint's education program, which gives users unlimited access to 42 hours of ACPE-approved continuing education credits supporting compliance with USP Chapter <797>. Lessons such as The Virtual Compounder® guide cleanroom employees through a series of interactive tests that ensure didactic instruction on best practices are communicated and documented for all staff involved with sterile compounding.
"Pharmacists are under constant pressure to do more with less and they face an overwhelming number of complex compliance requirements," remarks Tim Gibbons, VP and General Manager of Pharmacy OneSource. "Simplifi 797 offers pharmacists effective compliance management through real-time data, reporting and education to support patient safety and compliance."
Making CriticalPoint's web-based education program available through Simplifi 797 is made possible by a new partnership between CriticalPoint, LLC and Pharmacy OneSource. The program's courses are written by industry experts, including Eric S. Kastango, Patti Kienle, Luci Power, Dr. Alice S. Weissfeld, James Wagner and Kate Douglass.
"The latest USP 797 compliance survey, highlighted that staff competencies surrounding the sterile compounding process was an underperforming area," said Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP, President and CEO of Clinical IQ. "The integration of CriticalPoint's education program into Simplifi 797 software provides compounding employees access to top-of-the-line education and the documentation tools to ensure they complete it in accordance with the standards."
Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Divine Savior Healthcare in Wisconsin has selected Sentri7® for clinical surveillance for their pharmacy.
Sentri7® surveillance software helps clinicians identify, track and report on a diverse range of patient care measures throughout the hospital. Sentri7 can give pharmacists a work-list of patients that need evaluation and education, with drug orders and corresponding lab values updated in real time.
"Divine Savior Healthcare chose Sentri7 to develop a strong clinical monitoring program to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes," said Brent Isensee, Director of Pharmacy for Divine Savior Healthcare. "The flexibility in developing customized monitoring and the ability to pull 'real-time' patient data allows us to track and trend our interventions and change our clinical focus as needed."
Putting Pharmacogenomics into Practice Strategies for Successful Implementation
Wednesday, April 18 (12 PM ET): Leslie Mackowiak, RPh, MS will describe how Vanderbilt University Medical Center assembled a multidisciplinary, multidepartment team consisting of pathology, informatics, pharmacy, practicing clinicians, ethicists, and legal and regulatory administrators to oversee the implementation of pharmacogenetics. Register for
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections
Wednesday, April 25 (1 PM ET): Kelly Manning, RN, BSN, CIC will review The Indiana Heart Hospital's approach: The hospital formed a multidisciplinary CAUTI team, and then reclaimed and polished an old UTI Bundle formulated years earlier. Multiple strategies were implemented that led to heightened awareness of the seriousness of a catheter associated urinary tract infection, decreased catheter days and the frequency of catheter associated urinary tract infections. Register for
Mistake Proofing to Reduce Medical Errors
Wednesday, May 2 (12 PM ET): Dr. John Grout has been researching, documenting and teaching Mistake-proofing for 20 years. Learn about this technique for eliminating defects, improving quality, and streamlining work. He will discuss mistake-proofing within the specific context of health care, including lots of examples. Register for
Decreasing Costs in your Sterile Compounding Operation without Sacrificing Quality
Wednesday, May 9 (1 PM ET): Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP will provide the attendees with actionable ideas that will improve the efficiency of your sterile compounding operation which will result in decreased costs without sacrificing quality. Register for
Drug Diversion: A Collaborative Process-Driven Approach
Wednesday, May 30 (12 PM ET): Steve Carlson, RPh, MHA and Andrew Corsaro will help attendees understand the prevalence of drug abuse in healthcare. They will review developing a drug diversion program and detecting drug diversion. They will provide helpful interviewing methodology and give an understanding of reporting requirements. Register for
Drug Shortages: Weathering the Storm
With so many current shortages--and new ones occurring daily--facilities with well-developed programs and active committees designed to address these issues are at a distinct advantage. Paul Arpino, PharmD, BCPS reviewed drug shortage programs, which should be designed to mitigate the impact of these events on patient care. View the on-demand recording.
USP 797: The Infection Preventionist and Pharmacist as Partners in Medication Safety
Keith St. John, MS, CIC highlighted the infection control issues in sterile compounding pharmacy relative to USP Chapter 797 and their impact on medication safety. View the on-demand recording.
The Evidence Behind Extended-Infusion Piperacillin/Tazobactam
Timothy Reilly, PharmD reviewed the current status of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles that govern extended infusions of beta lactam antibiotics. He also described the available literature supporting the use of extended infusions of pipacillin/tazobactam and describe a community-based teaching hospital's experience with this treatment modality. View the on-demand recording.
Pharmacy Implications with Enteral Nutrition
Matthew Wanat, PharmD, BCPS provided a background on enteral nutrition for pharmacists, spoke about major drug-nutrition interactions and provided pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for managing side effects from enteral nutrition. View the on-demand recording.
Quantifi users documented 2,397,355 interventions last quarter, which were associated with $21,401,902 actual dollar and $158,456,832 in risk avoidance savings by pharmacists through intervention. Real reduction in supply costs (such as a switch from atorvastatin to simvistatin) is an example of actual dollar savings; where avoided potential costs (an adverse drug event or an extended length of stay) represent risk avoidance savings.
Here are the Top Five Drugs associated with Adverse Drug Reactions recorded in Quantifi last quarter, and the total number of reports for each:
Morphine Sulfate 404
Insulin Preparations 304
To get a free report, Pharmacy Clinical Interventions Update, with three lists of the Top 10+ drugs associated with interventions, adverse drug events and medication errors, please submit your contact info.
Lallie Kemp Medical Center is 25-bed hospital in Independence, Louisiana. Mary Vuljoin is the Director of Pharmacy at Lallie Kemp Medical Center. In this interview, she says VeriForm makes it easier for staff to submit inspections and is useful for presenting inspection reports at P&T meetings.
Pharmacy OneSource: What problems were you facing at your facility before your purchase of VeriForm?
Mary Vuljoin: First, finding the right person to sign the paper unit inspection report. This was always a challenge because the person responsible was not always available to sign. Sometimes the pharmacy tech would just grab anyone available just to get the signature. Second, receiving the corrective actions for the identified fallouts was always a challenge and sometimes I never received them at all despite multiple requests. Third, not having all aspects of the unit inspection in one easy format. I would have the actual inspections in one binder, a spreadsheet with the corrective actions in another place and then the manual reports trying to combine all the data in yet another place. Fourth, not being able to run quantitative (percentage complete, etc.) & qualitative (which criteria fell out, etc.). Lastly, not having the nurses "buy in" for taking responsibility for their area inspections.
Pharmacy OneSource: How has VeriForm helped you solve these problems?
Mary Vuljoin: There is no more trying to find a person to sign the inspection report. The designated person now receives the inspection report via e-mail. I have repeatedly educated that the steps to follow once the link in the e-mail is accessed is: review the inspection; if there are any findings, enter the corrective actions at the bottom by "NOTES"; hit the approve button. It is easy to track who has approved by running a simple report. I can send a reminder and the e-mail will be sent again. There is accountability now because a designated person is responsible for reviewing, entering corrective actions and approving their respective unit inspections. The reports are easy to present at Pharmacy & Therapeutics meetings.
Pharmacy OneSource: What do you like best about VeriForm?
All the data is in one place. This was very important for our Administrator to be able to see the corrective actions to the fallouts. This absolutely "closes the loop". Inspect, document findings, correct, and review the next month. A perfect PI plan. Also, having the capability to customize the criteria per unit is helpful. I have already made modifications to some areas.
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