The pressures of running a hospital seem to compound daily. Meaningful use, ACA, changing FDA regulations, and many other outside forces all add cost while insurance reimbursement changes siphon off revenue. Hospital Administrators need be constantly vigilant about improving efficiency while maintaining patient safety. One large cost center in every hospital is the pharmacy. Today’s manual process of pharmacy kit management is an area where cost can be reduced along with patient risk.
Hospital Pharmacy Kits are manually stocked and checked
Manual processes are inefficient and they also are subject to human error. The question is how much is the impact of that inefficiency and how high is the risk. Today, the typical pharmacy kit requires about 30 minutes of restocking time. A pharmacy technician manually checks every item for expiration and then restocks the kit. A pharmacist then repeats the process to verify the pharmacy technician’s work. Despite this double-check, hospitals routinely see 5-65% of all kits include an incorrect or expired medication. Yes, 65% is from an actual field study and double-digit kit stocking error rates are common.
To understand the size of the problem in terms of inefficiency, look no further than NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists physically handled 2.4 million medications during the kit restocking process.
- Kit Check helped reduce medication handling by 90%
- It reduced a 30 minute process into just three minutes
- It enabled NYU to cut anesthesia kit inventory by 50%
- No kit stocking errors have been identified since implementation
Medications Not Tracked in the OR Suite
Another significant point of risk for medications is the OR suite. Today’s manual medication recording is an operational gap in visibility of the full medication life-cycle. Medications go into the OR and some come back out, but what happens in-between is only known through the minimal records maintained by anesthesia professionals after-the-fact. Kit Check extended its solution for medication tracking into the OR with Swap Check. It helps improve anesthesia medication restocking efficiency and also records medication usage automatically using RFID so that visibility and compliance are continuous, even in the surgical suite.
Breaking the Cost and Risk Cycle
Kit Check has developed a suite of solutions that automate hospital pharmacy kit restocking and increases accuracy. It helps Directors of Hospital Pharmacy meet organizational goals of cutting costs while ensuring patient safety. To find out more about hospitals using Kit Check today, click one of the buttons below.