We have implemented a duel approach, combining centrally located and decentral located pharmacists, resulting in enhanced visibility from both our patients and other healthcare providers, creating a collaborative environment.
The centralized pharmacist remains in the pharmacy department. Their sole responsibility is to ensure that all medications are prepared and distributed appropriately. They coordinate with pharmacy technicians, providers, and nurses to guarantee correct medications are available for patients at the correct time.
Decentralized pharmacists are assigned to inpatient units at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire. They conduct clinical patient reviews to ensure safe and optimized use of medications. Since they are on the floors, they are easily accessible to providers and nurses to provide real time information. The primary focus of a decentralized pharmacist is to ensure patients are receiving medications that are safe, efficacious, and appropriately indicated.
Pharmacy technicians are responsible for maintaining the medication inventory, filling orders, making medications, and delivering medications to the inpatient units. Pharmacy technicians work in both the hospital and the Cancer Center, ensuring all patients medications are prepared for a pharmacist to review.