The hospital maintains a well-stocked pharmacy that is staffed 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week by licensed pharmacists who dispense medications
as prescribed by the patient's doctor. The pharmacists monitor drug
therapy and make recommendations that ensure drug use is appropriate for,
and not contraindicated by, the patient's diagnosis or condition.
Pharmacists promote cost-effective drug use and provide accurate and timely
drug information to other health care professionals.
The hospital has invested in technology to improve medication safety and
to minimize the incidence of medication errors. Drugs are dispensed to
inpatients via a robotic drug distribution system that uses bar-coded
unit dose medications. Nurses use bar code scanners at the patient's
bedside to scan the bar coded medications and patient's identification
bracelets to help ensure that the patient is receiving the correct drug
and dose at the appropriate time and by the correct route.