Monthly Archives: August 2015

In our day-to-day CMM (Continuous Medication Monitoring), we regularly are making interventions and documenting the clinically relevant outcomes of our patients. One of the advantages of having a clinically oriented system like PharmClin is that it allows the pharmacist to see what has been done about an issue before, and schedule a follow-up assessment in......
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Last Week we wrote about the new addition to our pharmacy, baby Maximus (a Parata Max). Today, I wanted to discuss our experience with inventory as we adapt to life with our new robotic child. An Appetite of Inventory The Parata Max, as it came configured for our pharmacy, has the capacity to hold 186......
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My step-father, who has been deathly sick for the past 6 1/2  months due to an aortic valve replacement surgery that did not go well, is being discharged from the skilled nursing facility where he has resided at for the past month and a half.  Before this, he was in the ICU for over 3 months, were......
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Some pharmacists and most patients don’t immediately recognize that some prescriptions medications are hazardous materials. That is not the same thing as dangerous (necessarily), because prescription medications are safe as long as they are used in the manner that they are prescribed. The hazardous label comes not from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From......
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Several weeks ago, this blog discussed our use of a Parata Pass robot and our implementation of SuperSync. At that time, we announced (somewhat like proud parents) that our Parata Pass (named Phyllis) was going to be a big sister. Well Maximus (a Parata Max) entered our pharmacy almost 2 weeks ago and this blog......
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Recently I spent several weeks navigating a small health issue that involved outpatient surgery. When checking in at the clinic, the receptionist handed me a tablet and asked me to complete a History of Present Illness (HPI). I did not think too much about this until a week later, when one of my colleagues asked me......
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Today’s edition of Tales from the Counter is about pharmacist interventions. Interventions are not a new concept in pharmacy. Pharmacists have been interventionists for decades, and it doesn’t take a clinical pharmacist or a clinical environment to be an interventionist. Our main pharmacy documents several thousand interventions every month. When some pharmacists hear about the number of......
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In the past three years, I have seen more changes occurring in healthcare and, in particular, pharmacy, then I have seen in my entire career which now spends almost 30 years.  The changes are coming rapidly and frequently to the point where it is becoming scary, challenging, and intimidating to pharmacists in all settings. One......
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