Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals to Become National Requirement
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission recently took actions to push the nation's hospitals into being stewards—not just users—of the antimicrobial armamentarium.
Medication Standardization Effort Aims to Improve Patient Safety
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
All too often, says Deborah Pasko, the reason a pharmacy prepares a specific concentration of an i.v. or oral liquid medication has little to do with clinical or patient safety considerations.
Smaller Size No Barrier to Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship
Pharmacists are proving that it's possible to operate a robust antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) that improves patient outcomes whether the facility serves a few dozen inpatients or a few hundred.
INRatio Device to Leave U.S. Market, Company Says
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
The company marketing the INRatio Monitor System has announced the intention to withdraw the now-questionable point-of-care device from the U.S. market.
Zika Worries on Patients' Minds, Pharmacists Say
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Zika virus infection isn't yet a public health crisis in the mainland United States, but pharmacists are already getting questions from patients about how the virus may affect them.