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.”
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Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare in 2014 to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has budgeted net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. Beaumont Health is the largest health system in Michigan for inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.
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