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Medication Safety Pharmacist

Company: Driscoll Children's Hospital
Location: Corpus Christi
Posted on: January 25, 2023

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General Description

  • The Medication Safety Pharmacist is responsible for safe medication use within the health system. The Pharmacist is primarily responsible for developing and implementing initiatives directed at improving the safe use of medications for patients, such as leading process improvement efforts designed to reduce medication errors and/or improve patient safety at both the system and departmental levels. Other activities include policy and procedure development, providing education on medication safety, providing education to staff on medication safety events, reviewing and analyzing reported safety event, evaluating medication safety systems and processes, and coordinating and monitoring intervention strategies. The Pharmacist will also manage data reporting and information related to medication safety and lead the medication safety committee. In addition, the medication safety pharmacist will assist the hospital with medication history review. The Pharmacist collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to assure appropriate documentation and submission required for designated state funded programs. The Pharmacist will assist the Clinical Manager with the ongoing management of policies, procedures, practice expectations, and develop quality and performance initiatives associated safe medication usage and investigational medications.
    • Assists in coordinating departmental quality assurance activities including drug utilization evaluation, medication error review, adverse drug reaction and pharmacy intervention reporting.
    • Leads and maintains accountability for organizational efforts to assess and optimize medication use system processes throughout the continuum of care, in consultation with medical, nursing, and pharmacy leadership.
    • Leads medication safety error reduction initiatives.
    • Serves as an authoritative resource on medication safety for the organization by maintaining knowledge of trends and developments in the patient safety field through continuous professional development.
    • Reviews and analyzes medication error reports and participates in medication event huddles. Evaluates system and process change recommendations at the department and microsystem level to determine where medication safety risks and opportunities for improvement exist
    • Develops a plan for implementation of recommended interventions.
    • Serves on departmental and system level committees and collaboratives pertaining to medication safety including leading the Medication Safety Committee, and others as assigned.
    • Serves as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&T). Committee responsibilities include analyzing and reporting of adverse drug events and medication safety data to the P & T Committee, and participation in medication related policy development and implementation
    • Completes necessary follow up actions including reporting to outside agencies such as the FDA/MedWatch, VAERS and ISMP
    • Leads and coordinates quality improvement and research to identify and integrate best practices into medication use system processes
    • Conducts an appropriate and respectful interview of the patient, or family member if necessary, to construct an accurate list of home medications including the medication name, dosage form, dose, route, frequency, strength/concentration, indication(s) of use, and time/date the last dose was administered.
    • Contacts internal and external healthcare providers and pharmacy/pharmacies when needed to clarify or verify any discrepancy in medication history or upon discharge.
    • Identifies patient barriers to education about medications, access to medications and/or compliance.
    • Completes and enters audit data by defined timelines.
    • Assures all audit data is thorough, complete, and organized.
    • Educates students, residents, fellows and others. Serves as a preceptor for intermediate or advanced pharmacy students and PGY1 pharmacy residents
    • Appropriately uses age-specific concepts and language when communicating with employees, visitors, patients and others.
    • Participates in the orientation and training of new pharmacy employees as needed.
    • Drafts new policies and procedures as needed.
    • Effectively communicates with colleagues, and allied health professionals.
    • Liaises with external agencies/organizations, as required.
    • Routinely checks all available means of communication including e-mail, mail, and voice mail if applicable.
    • Performs other related duties or special projects as assigned.
      • A Bachelor's degree or Doctorate in pharmacy from an accredited college of pharmacy
      • Texas pharmacist license
      • Texas preceptor license
      • Experience with medication safety and/or medication history is preferred

Keywords: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi , Medication Safety Pharmacist, Healthcare , Corpus Christi, Texas

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