The hospital pharmacy is becoming a more interconnected part of the patient-care paradigm for hospitals nationwide. Providers and pharmacists work together to ensure that patients receive proper care. It’s a model that positions hospitals to provide better and more comprehensive care with less room for error.
By implementing clinical surveillance, a hospital can provide quality patient care that is more effective for patients and providers.
By facilitating the flow of information between all of the departments in the hospital, clinical surveillance can provide a single view of the patient. A pharmacist viewing a patient within a surveillance system can view a history of medication prescribed and trends of vital signs. Clinical surveillance can automatically alert a pharmacist about potential improper dosages, preventable adverse drug reactions, drug-bug mismatches, preferred antimicrobials, among others.. Clinical surveillance can help identify opportunities for intervention that could go unnoticed in a busy environment.
Given the recent emergence of drug-resistant bacterial infections originating hospital environments, antibiotic prescriptions have grown subject to increased scrutiny, both as a matter of public health and as a matter of meeting regulatory guidelines. With clinical surveillance, a pharmacist can double check that the antibiotic prescribed is effective and administered at the proper dosage, providing stewardship to antimicrobial use within the hospital
The above examples are only a few of the ways that clinical surveillance can optimize a clinical pharmacist’s workflow to help improve outcomes, avoid errors, and ensure quality care for all patients.