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The Real Cost of Medication Errors

The alarming number of medication errors continue to increase in recent studies. Medication errors include incorrect dosing, dispensing, or administration of medications.  It is one of the top 3 leading causes of death today.  Studies often indicate the $300 billion cost due to medication errors — mounting expenses from corrective therapies, readmissions, additional tests.  This article further discusses how medication errors are affecting patients’ and their families around the world.

Occurring Medication Errors In the Operating Room

It is difficult to imagine doctors, nurses, physicians, or any medical professional making mistakes in their practice, especially mistakes that are life threatening. More often than not, medication errors, technology malfunctions or simple human mistakes will occur in almost half of all surgical procedures. Recent research confirms that there will be some type of medication error, or unintended drug side effect, in the operating room.

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Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States

A comprehensive study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine estimated 251,000 yearly deaths, approximately 700 deaths a day is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors are more common than usual, and many of which occur when patients are under the care of hospitals and their staff.

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Simplify Medication Regimens to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Patients, particularly elderly patients, commonly leave the hospital with more medications than they were previously taking. More often than not, new regimens are more complex and help contribute to medication non-adherence, which leads to hospital readmissions and increased costs for patients and health care providers.

Innovative Way to Cut Health Costs and Ensure Patient Adherence

Patient non-adherence to medication is a major issue in achieving positive patient outcomes and ensured patient safety. It has caused increases in medical costs, mortality, and readmission to hospitals. According to an article in the AJHP News, a 2008 Medco Health Solutions, Inc. report stated that 51% of insured Americans were taking at least 1 medication for a chronic illness. At least half of these patients are not taking their prescriptions as they should.  High risk patients for medication non-adherence include those over 65, taking more than 8 medications, and recently discharged from the hospital.  The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation also stated that poor adherence to medication has caused up to 13% of total health care expenditures which equals about $300 billion annually.

How “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records Will Impact Your Hospital Pharmacy?

Across the country, Medicare and Medicaid providers are being required by Federal legislation to convert to real time, computerized, Electronic Health Records (EHR) in order to improve quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare. However, if your hospital is not also using barcode medication administration (BCMA), then your facility may not being doing enough to satisfy the requirements of the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Helath (HITECH) Act.”

Pearson Medical Technologies Releases Its Next Generation Universal Automated Tablet/Capsule Feeder

The new intelliCount® Automated Universal Tablet/Capsule Feeder features a smaller, completely self- contained design, and has been modified to increase its speed, efficiency and accuracy. The patented intelliCount® is designed as an add-on option for Pearson’s iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager and allows for unattended unit dose packaging operations.

Hospital DOP Explains Why IP128APS was Chosen for His 400-Bed Hospital in Pharmacy Purchasing and Products Article

The new intelliCount® Automated Universal Tablet/Capsule Feeder features a smaller, completely self- contained design, and has been modified to increase its speed, efficiency and accuracy. The patented intelliCount® is designed as an add-on option for Pearson’s iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager and allows for unattended unit dose packaging operations.

Pearson Medical Technologies New Pharmacy Automation Machine Now at Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Dennis Killian, the Director of Pharmacy at Peninsula Regional Hospital, commented that “The IP128APS® Twin Pack is a welcomed addition to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. It replaced more costly and less efficient packaging systems and will seamlessly integrate into our BCMA system.”