Intravenous products: Medscape.com report “At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 44th Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition, held from December 6 to 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (NY) received the 2009 Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety. This award, sponsored by Cardinal Health Foundation, is the only national honor recognizing a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary team for implementing significant institution-wide improvements in medication safety.
The award recognized Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s development of a safe intravenous (IV) medication delivery system and intensive training program for both its pediatric and adult patients. Key features of this system are use of an infusion pump with safety software, a customized drug library, standardized dosing, limited drug concentrations, and a comprehensive drug list with descriptive naming. The system also uses wireless technology for real-time updates and data monitoring for continuous quality improvement.
To learn more about development and implementation of this system and its generalizability to other institutions, Medscape Pharmacists interviewed presenter Kelly A. Michienzi, PharmD, clinical pharmacy coordinator and cochair, Pediatric Pharmacy & Therapeutics Subcommittee, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health Facility. Dr. Michienzi is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.”