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FMC CHANGES HOME MEDICATION PROCESS FOR PATIENTS

LANCASTER, Ohio (January 30, 2014)Patient satisfaction and safety are a high priority at Fairfield Medical Center. Recently, a team was put together to ensure that patients’ home medications are managed in the most effective and safe manner.

Beginning Feb. 3, home medication administration for all patients admitted to FMC including observation patients, will be limited only to medications that FMC does not stock and/or is not able to obtain.

“This means FMC will not allow patients to use their home medication while admitted, unless it is a medication that pharmacy cannot dispense,” said Dr. Steven Cox, chief medical officer at FMC. “Patients will be encouraged and should continue to bring in their medications or list of medications upon admission to help with the continuity of care and with medication verification.”

Medications from home that the patient brings to the hospital will be managed in one of two ways: They will be sent home with a family member (or responsible party), or they will be placed in a plastic bag and labeled by the nurse to be stored in a secure location until the time of patient discharge.

The majority of home medications are stocked in FMC’s pharmacy system and are supported by numerous safety measures that ensure both quality and safe administration. “Medications brought from home that we do not stock and cannot obtain will be dispensed under the guidance of our pharmacists and nursing to ensure the medication is safe for administration during the hospital stay,” Dr. Cox said.

To compensate for the patient’s financial responsibility, more than 700 medication charges have been decreased. This improvement aligns with FMC’s mission of providing outstanding patient care to patients and families.

“This process is common in many hospitals throughout Central Ohio,” Dr. Cox said. "Safe medication administration is fundamental for FMC staff and there are many processes that effectively monitor and support medication safety.”

For questions about the patient’s financial responsibility, contact an FMC financial representative by calling (740) 687-8025. For questions regarding home medications safety at FMC, feel free to contact Dr. Cox at (740) 687-8458.

 

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