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Olean General Hospital

Posted on: 11/02/2010

Over the past 18 months, Olean General Hospital has progressed on the development of a new hospital medication safety system led by Leroy Hanchett, Ph.D., Pharm.D., director of the OGH Pharmacy.

Olean General Hospital is proud to report that the American Hospital Association (AHA) nationally published a case study regarding the new OGH “closed-loop” medication safety initiative. The study will appear in the AHA News and appears on the AHA website: Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE). HPOE is the AHA’s strategic platform to accelerate performance improvement and support health reform implementation in the nation’s hospitals and health systems.

From the moment that the medications arrive in the OGH Pharmacy to the point they are administered to patients, barcodes are used to confirm the type of medication, dosage, and patient for whom they are intended.

The new system utilizes a robotic unit in the pharmacy that picks and fills each patient’s daily medications, and mobile computer carts on the nursing floors. It is a best-in-class medication safety solution and responds to the ongoing health care concern of medication safety.

Considered the gold-standard in hospital medication safety, OGH’s new system is designed to reduce errors in picking and distributing medications. The article by HPOE recognizes the groundbreaking strides that OGH is taking in reducing errors and improving patient safety.

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

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