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The impact of an automated dispensing system (ADS) on medication-related work activities by nurses and pharmacists was studied. A point-of-care ADS (Baxter Sure-Med) was installed on two nursing units (the surgical intensive care unit [SICU] and a medicine unit [4NMU]) of a 400-bed university hospital as part of a pilot project. A self-reported(More)
Bone is the third most common organ affected by neoplastic metastases, and about 70% of patients with breast cancer or prostate cancer that develop metastases will have osseous involvement. As part of a multi-pronged approach to pain management in these patients, external beam radio therapy (EBRT) continues to be a mainstay of treatment for metastatic bone(More)
PURPOSE To describe usual care received by women with bony metastatic breast cancer (ICD-9: 174.xx and 198.5) treated in a United States specialty cancer hospital, an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)-based retrospective review identified 111 deceased female breast cancer patients ≥18 years of age treated with zoledronic acid (ZOL). RESULTS Baseline(More)
A hospital policy enforced by medical staff committees limiting prophylactic antibiotic use is described. The pharmacy department is authorized to discontinue prophylactic antibiotic orders at 72 hours postoperatively for patients in whom there is no sign of infection. Decentralized pharmacists screen antibiotic orders for formulary status and(More)
The time spent by satellite pharmacists and technicians on various activities was measured by using work sampling to evaluate the pharmacists' use of time for patient care. Between December 1992 and April 1993, pharmacists and technicians on satellite pharmacy teams at a tertiary care teaching hospital reported their work activities on forms. A total of(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluations of the costs of palliative external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for treatment of bone metastases are limited. OBJECTIVE To summarize EBRT lifetime care patterns in deceased men with metastatic prostate cancer treated in a cancer hospital in the United States. METHODS A retrospective review of electronic health records identified(More)
The extent to which institutional pharmacies comply with the accreditation standards of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the ASHP guidelines for reporting adverse drug reactions (ADRs) was evaluated. A survey was mailed to directors of pharmacy at 444 randomly selected hospitals to collect information on(More)
PURPOSE The use of antiplatelet agents in patients hospitalized with ischemic stroke was studied. METHODS Patients with a primary or secondary diagnosis of noncardiogenic, thrombotic ischemic stroke from January 2002 through December 2004 were included in the analysis. Patients were then subdivided into four treatment groups and one no-treatment group(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine bone mineral density (BMD) testing rates and the proportion of women diagnosed after BMD screening vs an osteoporosis-related fracture before and after reductions in Medicare reimbursement for office-based imaging services in 2007, which was projected to save $2.8B over 5 years. DESIGN Retrospective observational analysis of(More)