Regional, national and local drug shortages are constantly changing. One month there may be a severe shortage of one item, while the next month healthcare providers have access to a steady supply. This issue causes gaps in care, and in a facility with a high-risk population to begin with, shortages could put patients' health in jeopardy.
Using Omnicell's G4 medication management system has made staff more efficient at Falling Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, says Director of Nursing Alma Cullers.
Nearly one in five Medicare patients return to the hospital within a month of discharge, costing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) an extra $17.5 billion in 2010. Multi-medication packaging solutions aggregate all of a patient's daily medications into small, portable and easy-to-use punch cards, typically segmented in a calendar format for easy use.