Medication availability

Support patient care by ensuring meds are available when and where they are needed with a central view of inventory, orders and usage across the health system
Challenges

Lack of medication availability leads to increased costs, excessive waste and frustrated patients and staff

Lack of visibility into the med use process is the underlying cause

35% of time hospital employees spend is on wasteful work, such as searching for meds.

When a patient’s meds are not where they need to be, when they’re needed, hospital employees spend wasteful time tracking them down.

(Nurse Manager Website. (2004, May). Time Management: Are Your Nurses Spending Their Hours Nursing? HC Pro.)

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400 calls are made per day from nursing to pharmacy at a 1,058-bed hospital.

Without visibility into the patient-specific med location status, nursing is forced to call pharmacy for more information, disrupting their workflow.

(McCluskey, C. Medication Tracking System Improves Drug Delivery Times for Riverside Methodist Hospital. Wolters Kluwer Health: Pharmacy One Source.)

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Nurses can spend up to 20 minutes hunting for a missing medication.

Having medications available when and where needed reduces inefficiency and waste for nursing and pharmacy teams.

(CareFusion (2015). Study of Sterile IV Preparation Processes a 578 bed hospital in Florida. CareFusion Internal Study.)

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Over 2,800 missing medication reports were filed each month in a 400-bed hospital.

Pharmacy operations are diminished when nursing cannot locate and administer patient-specific medications.

(DeSotto, Kristine; Krawic, Casey; Theohardis, Zachary; Wimble, Joshua. (2011, March). A Lean Perspective of the Medication Delivery System at the Veterans Hospital.)

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92% of nurses create workarounds in the absence of standardized processes.

Standard data and processes allow health systems to dynamically manage inventory to prevent stockouts and monitor med logistics.

(Tucker, A; Edmondson, A; Spear, S. (2001, July). Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge. Why Your Organization Isn't Learning All It Should.)

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A new approach

Technology-enabled visibility between nursing and pharmacy

Establish a unified medication management workflow from order to administration and take the guesswork out of finding medications

Med management assessments

An onsite assessment of your current processes and practices and collaboration to define your strategic med management goals.

Integrated inventory management platform

An automated, barcode-driven workflow that manages inventory in all locations for all meds.

Automated dispensing technology

A synchronized solution that ensures the right meds are available at the lowest cost.

EMR interoperability

Bidirectional and house-wide communication between BD's med management technologies and your EMR system.

Repeatable enterprise scalability

A single, centrally-managed database with the ability to customize each location in the health system.

Benefits

Streamline and standardize processes for improved medication logistics

Optimize inventory for your pharmacy, improve nurse productivity, and increase time for patient care

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The operational benefit

Having medications available when and where needed reduces inefficiency and waste for nursing and pharmacy teams, while standardization of practices makes it easy for staff to rotate to different facilities.

By decreasing 10% of calls from nursing to pharmacy, a 1,058 bed hospital could save about 10 days per year in nursing time.

(McCluskey, C. Medication Tracking System Improves Drug Delivery Times for Riverside Methodist Hospital. Wolters Kluwer Health: Pharmacy One Source.)

The clinical benefit

Nursing and pharmacy will have more time to spend on patient care.

By closing visibility gaps that can create safety and diversion risk empower pharmacy and nursing to better support clinical decision making.

The technical benefit

By having a common tech stack, you will be able to reduce the time required by IT to manage multiple systems.

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The patient benefit

When clinicians have visibility into med status and location, the risk of delayed therapy is reduced, helping to improve patient care and satisfaction.

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When a patient’s meds are not where they need to be, when they’re needed, hospital employees spend wasteful time tracking them down.

(Nurse Manager Website. (2004, May). Time Management: Are Your Nurses Spending Their Hours Nursing? HC Pro.)

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Without visibility into the patient-specific med location status, nursing is forced to call pharmacy for more information, disrupting their workflow.

(McCluskey, C. Medication Tracking System Improves Drug Delivery Times for Riverside Methodist Hospital. Wolters Kluwer Health: Pharmacy One Source.)

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Having medications available when and where needed reduces inefficiency and waste for nursing and pharmacy teams.

(CareFusion (2015). Study of Sterile IV Preparation Processes a 578 bed hospital in Florida. CareFusion Internal Study.)

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Pharmacy operations are diminished when nursing cannot locate and administer patient-specific medications.

(DeSotto, Kristine; Krawic, Casey; Theohardis, Zachary; Wimble, Joshua. (2011, March). A Lean Perspective of the Medication Delivery System at the Veterans Hospital.)

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Standard data and processes allow health systems to dynamically manage inventory to prevent stockouts and monitor med logistics.

(Tucker, A; Edmondson, A; Spear, S. (2001, July). Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge. Why Your Organization Isn't Learning All It Should.)

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Med management assessments

With BD's med management assessment and the resulting roadmap, you can identify risks in your current workflow and prioritize an ongoing plan to make improvements over time.

With BD, you can:

  • Evaluate your medication management processes from inventory to administration to identify gaps, waste and errors.
  • Establish a roadmap that outlines your hospital’s journey toward its strategic goals.
  • Partner with an expert team of nurses, pharmacists, and HIT professionals for continued guidance as you implement your roadmap over time.
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Integrated inventory management platform

When you work with BD, you can integrate medication management technologies into a common platform.

With BD, you can:

  • Have a central location to view information on medication availability.
  • Pharmacists can make sure the right med is in the right place, and nurses can retrieve the med at the right time for the right patient—all in the same system.
  • Provide an integrated automated workflow that manages inventory in all locations for all meds to help improve med mix, par levels and technology workflow.
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Automated dispensing technology

With BD's integrated BD Pyxis™ ES System, you have centralized control of medication-dispensing systems and the data you need – when and where you need it – for immediate decision-making and reporting.

With BD, you can:

  • Experience a familiar structure with standardized yet configurable user access at every location.
  • As your health system grows, you can get new locations’ med management systems off the ground with less errors.
  • Report across the entire health system to see overarching trends and patterns that help you improve pharmacy and nursing workflows.
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EMR interoperability

When you connect BD's integrated inventory management technologies with your EMR, you can create true interoperability that provides your clinicians with information that promotes a more efficient med workflow.

With BD, you can:

  • Allow nurses to review eMAR requirements for all meds as well as queue meds remotely.
  • Enable IV order information from the EMR to flow bi-directionally to the BD Alaris™ system at the bedside.
  • Provide interoperability across the med management process with one common integration engine.
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Repeatable enterprise scalability

With BD's repeatable enterprise scalability, you can apply standard data and processes across your health system.

With BD, you can:

  • Help ensure staff experience a familiar structure with the same user access at every location.
  • Add each location as a customized node on your core system instead of creating separate databases for each.
  • Report across the entire health system to see overarching trends and patterns that help you improve your nursing and pharmacy workflows.
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