Pharmacy pilot grows with expansion to Main OR in West Tower and e-prescribe in Epic

The pharmacy pilot that allows surgery patients to have prescriptions filled prior to discharge is expanding to the Main OR in West Tower, and e-prescribe in Epic is now able to be used when writing prescriptions.

Ambulatory surgery patients in the West Tower Main OR are now able to have prescriptions filled before they leave the hospital. The pilot program in the Critical Care Center (CCC) OR has been in place for two months and has proven to be an added benefit for families.

E-prescribe is also new to the pilot program. Previously, prescriptions had to be printed and delivered to the CCC pharmacy in order to be filled. Providers should prescribe all post-surgery medications in Epic e-prescribe except for narcotics which require a paper prescription.

The pharmacy will prioritize all Main OR and CCC OR surgery prescriptions. Medications can be expected to be ready within an hour. A pharmacist will deliver the medication to the family in the appropriate Post Anesthesia Care Unit location and perform medication counseling.

“It is exciting to see all of our departments working together on projects such as this that provide such a great benefit for our patients and families,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief.