Description, principles involved, classification, control, identification, role of hospital pharmacist, advisory committee.
c) Interpretation of Clinical Laboratory Tests Blood chemistry, hematology, and urinalysis Investigational use of drugs, Clinical Laboratory Tests DRUG DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
Traditional methods of distributing drugs in hospitals are now undergoing
reevaluation, and considerable thought and activity is being directed toward the development of new and improved drug distribution systems.
Some of the newer concepts and ideas in connection with hospital drug distribution systems are centralized or decentralized (single, or unit-dose)
dispending, automated (mechanical and/or electronic) processing of medication orders and inventory control, and automated (mechanical and/or electronic) storage and delivery devices. Several investigators are at work in each of these areas, and the results of their studies may greatly alter current practices and procedures. Because of the present state of uncertainty regarding the proper scope and optimum design of drug distribution systems for the modern hospital, and as an aid to pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and administrators who are faced with making decisions concerning drug distribution systems during this period of change, the following guidelines for evaluating proposed changes or new ideas or equipments are presented.
Though some of the practices recommended may not be widespread at the present, the adoption of these practices is believed to be a desirable and practical goal. Therefore, it is urged that they be given prime consideration in the design of new drug distribution systems and in modifications of existing ones (particularly where such changes would commit a hospital to a considerable financial investment in a system not including, or not easily altered to include, the recommended practices).
1. Before the initial dose of medication is administered the pharmacist should review the prescriber’s original order or a direct copy.