Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 12, 2009)---Medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people in this country every year according a 2006 Institute of Medicine report. However, employees at Botsford Hospital, in Farmington Hills, Mich., are doing their part to ensure safe delivery of medication to patients every time. For instance, Botsford pharmacist Peter Newberry, RPh, serves patients through the safety and quality of the hospital’s medication system. In his role as pharmacy support systems coordinator, Newberry’s work over the last year in preventing or minimizing significant medication risk to patients has earned him a 2009 Botsford Hospital Safety Excellence Award.
Botsford Hospital transitioned to smart infusion devices in 2008. These “smart pumps” improve patient care by reducing medication errors, improving workflow and providing a repository for drug delivery data. In 2008, Newberry, a resident of Plymouth, Mich., created a drug library for these devices. The library is a drug database, defining clinical guidelines (dose and rate limits, clinical warnings) for each drug in the library. Now when a nurse chooses to infuse a drug in the library, the pump applies the rules and alerts the nurse to any potentially unsafe drug therapy.
Newberry also maintains the drug database for the clinical information system at Botsford Hospital. A computerized medication record is kept for each inpatient, including any drug allergies and therapy-specific notes for pharmacist review. Newberry updates the database structure with newly available medications in the hospital’s formulary, breaking medication safety alerts, dosage warnings and other precautionary notes.
“Peter has rapidly responded to concerns about the process for medication order entry based on interactions with our Pharmacy, Nursing and Respiratory staff members,” says Marge Hasler, R.N., vice-president and chief nursing officer and chair of the hospital’s Safety Board. “By programming the usual dosages and related information into the order entry process, Peter has not only shortened the amount of time it takes to place a medication order, but he has also helped to ensure accuracy and clarity in dispensing and administering.”
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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