2018 Award for Excellence in Medication Safety

The recipient of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Medication Safety was announced at a dinner honoring the finalists on December 3, 2018. The recipient and finalists are:
 

Recipient: Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis 
Memphis, TN
Transitioning to an Opioid-Light Emergency Department

A pharmacist-led multidisciplinary approach allowed the Baptist-Memphis Emergency Department to become “opioid-light” with a focus on alternatives to opioids for patients’ pain management. Through a patient-centered approach, provider and nurse education, system changes, and teamwork, Baptist Memorial has sustained more than a 70-percent reduction in opioid usage per 100 patient visits, while increasing patient satisfaction.

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Watch this video about their initiative. 


Finalist: Straub Medical Center

Honolulu, HI 
Orthopedic Surgery Opioid Stewardship

Straub Medical Center achieved meaningful reductions in perioperative and postoperative opioid use by integrating a pharmacist into its surgical home to optimize pain management and implement opioid stewardship in all patients undergoing elective joint replacement surgery.

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Watch this video about their initiative.


Finalist: University of Florida College of Pharmacy 
Gainesville, FL 
Personalized Medicine Program

The University of Florida Health Personalized Medicine Program, a pharmacist-led effort to overcome barriers and facilitate clinical adoption of pharmacogenetic testing, focused its attention on opioids to improve patient outcomes through better-informed prescribing decisions.

Read more about University of Florida College of Pharmacy's initiative.
Watch this video about their initiative. 


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