The pharmacy is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The inpatient pharmacy was completely renovated in 2020 and is compliant with all applicable regulatory requirements. Various types of technology are employed to improve the provision of pharmaceutical care, including BD Pyxis™ Automated Dispensing Machines, BD Logistics™ with carousels, BD CII Safe™, and MEDITECH™ electronic health record.
To support the ARH mission by providing quality pharmaceutical services including medication delivery, therapeutic recommendations, and provision of optimal drug therapy in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
Clinical Services Offered
Pharmacokinetic Dosing Service
Highly trained clinical pharmacists are available to dose and monitor medications such as vancomycin, aminoglycosides, phenytoin and others. By following P&T committee approved protocols, the pharmacists are able to write orders and progress notes in the patient’s chart. The protocols utilized allow the pharmacists to order labs and to evaluate drug therapies based on serum drug levels and to make adjustments based on those levels.
Anticoagulation Monitoring Service
Clinical pharmacists evaluate each patient receiving anticoagulation. The pharmacists verify that dosing and monitoring are appropriate for indication, concomitant drug therapy, etc. and also provide patient education as needed or requested.
Clinical pharmacists work closely with the Infectious Disease physician to monitor each patient receiving targeted high-cost, broad-spectrum antibiotics/antifungals. The pharmacists verify that the medication is appropriate based on indication, ensure that the medication is dosed appropriately, and monitor the patient’s clinical course, intervening when necessary due to culture data or changes in patient condition.
Renal Dosing Service
Patients with a computer-estimated impaired creatinine clearance who are receiving target medications are reported to the clinical pharmacists daily. By following P&T committee approved protocols, clinical pharmacists verify the creatinine clearance calculation, review the patient profile, and make adjustments to ensure that target medications are dosed appropriately based on renal function.