Providing our patients with safe and effective medicine.
The pharmacy team plays a key role in caring for patients at Confluence’s Heath Central Washington Hospital. Pharmacists work side-by-side with physicians, care managers, and the interdisciplinary team to provide the most comprehensive care possible for our patients. Our pharmacy technicians are highly trained to function at the top of their license. They are experts in mixing intravenous fluids, preparing chemotherapy and distributing medications all throughout the hospital.
The pharmacy has implemented modern technology to ensure a safe and efficient medication distribution process. Medications are ordered and prepared in such a way that the patient is provided with a dosage form that is most appropriate for their needs. Specialized technicians perform the “medication reconciliation” for many of our patients. They collect medication information from patients including prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as drug allergy information. Often, this involves contacting pharmacies, living facilities, clinics and examining outside health care records to make sure we have the most accurate information for our care team to work from. Our pharmacists review these medication lists in the computer along with the medications being ordered by our doctors. This review identifies any potential medication problems such as drug interactions or ineffective therapy. They also make certain the medication regimen is appropriate and dosed correctly given their patient’s diagnosis, age and organ function.
Physicians consult our pharmacists for the dosing of high-risk medications and also medications that are technically difficult to dose because frequent laboratory monitoring is required. Pharmacists are also employed on the “glucose control team.” This team manages the blood sugars in our diabetic patients after surgery; a time when it can be challenging to achieve goal targets. The pharmacists have offices all throughout the hospital to place them close to their patients and the doctors who are taking care of them. They provide medication teaching when new medications, such as powerful blood thinners, are started in the hospital. Our pharmacists function as the medication experts in our facility. They are involved in more than a dozen committees in the hospital to make sure that we are always using the correct medications and treatment protocols for the patients we care for.
More than 80% of our pharmacists have achieved board certification status, and 2 of our pharmacists have achieved additional certification in infectious disease. The services provided by the pharmacy are an integral part of the excellent care provided at Central Washington Hospital. We want our patients to know that when they are in our facility, our team is working tirelessly to provide the best pharmaceutical care possible.