June 7, 2016

6816StephenDavis175Stephen Davis, a pharmacy operations manager at Texas Children’s, was recently honored by the Auburn Alumni Association, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Development as one of 14 recipients who received an Outstanding Alumni Achievement award.

This prestigious award recognizes recipients for outstanding achievements in their professional lives, personal integrity and stature, and service to the university.

“The Auburn Alumni Association is proud to be associated with these outstanding alumni, for both their achievements in their careers and their dedication to Auburn University,” said Jack Fite, president of the Auburn Alumni Association.”

Davis, who is also the program director for the PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency, has demonstrated leadership and vision in advancing the practice and profession of pharmacy and improving patient care. He received the 2015 Pharmacy Leadership Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). He has also been active in local, state, and national organizations. During his nearly six years of service at Texas Children’s, Davis has collaborated with colleagues to improve medication dose preparation safety, reduce medication waste, and enhance pharmacy productivity to ensure quality patient care.

Recipients were honored at a dinner and induction ceremony April 9 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

June 1, 2016

6116usergroup640Representatives from more than 15 institutions and leaders from Epic, Omnicell and Codonics attended a conference hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital on May 23 and 24. The meeting focused on the innovation, integration, and interoperability of systems used in the medication use process within the operating room.

The Department of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Anesthesiology and Information Services, invited these three vendors to share their recent innovations and hear the collective voice of users that run these systems together. The goals were to leverage technology to optimize patient care and to initiate collaborative and constructive conversation to make improvements in workflow and safety.

The discussions provided opportunities to discover new ideas, share lessons learned, and gain knowledge from one another.

October 13, 2015

101415takeback640Do you have any unwanted, unused or expired medications lingering in your medicine cabinet? Old prescription and over-the-counter pills left around the house can become a health and safety hazard, especially for small children and pets who may accidently get ahold of them.

To ensure the safe disposal of these medications, Texas Children’s Pharmacy Department will host the Medication “Take Back” Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 19, at The Auxiliary Bridge. There will be drop-off boxes to safely dispose unwanted and expired medications.

“Medication safety has always been our priority,” said Brooke Bernhardt, assistant director of Clinical Services and Outcomes in the Department of Pharmacy. “Any time we can eliminate preventable harm, it’s a win-win situation for our employees, their families and the patients we serve.”

The Take Back Program coincides with National Pharmacy Week, and this year’s theme is “Be a Hero, Aim for Zero,” which reflects our Pharmacy Department’s commitment to eliminating medication errors.

The Auxiliary Bridge event will feature fun activities and prizes for the children geared towards medication safety and poison control, educational information about our Pharmacy Department and the research activities they are involved in, and a showcase of pharmacy technology that’s helping our staff eliminate medication administration errors.

As part of this year’s “Be a Hero, Aim for Zero” theme, two pharmacy employees will dress up as super heroes to greet patients and their families, and the children can get their pictures taken with them.

June 2, 2015

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Stephen Davis, a pharmacy operations manager at Texas Children’s, recently received the 2015 Pharmacy Leadership Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP).

This prestigious award recognizes a pharmacist who demonstrates leadership and vision in advancing the practice and profession of pharmacy and improving patient care.

During his nearly five years of service at Texas Children’s, Davis collaborated with colleagues to improve processes and modify pharmacy workflows by successfully implementing the DoseEdge Pharmacy Workflow Manager for the Main Campus Central Pharmacy and pharmacy areas at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

The DoseEdge system is a pharmacy workflow solution that interfaces with Texas Children’s EPIC system to automate the process of routing, preparing, inspecting, tracking and reporting IV and oral liquid doses. Since its implementation, Texas Children’s pharmacists have improved dose preparation safety, reduced medication waste and enhanced pharmacy productivity to ensure quality patient care.

In collaboration with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, where he serves as an adjunct clinical professor, Davis is a program director for the concurrent Master of Science and Health System Pharmacy Administration residency at Texas Children’s.

April 7, 2015

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4815pharmacyinside640Texas Children’s draws roughly 100 therapeutic drug levels per day to examine the presence and the amount of specific drugs in the bloodstream of children. These levels determine how well a patient’s body breaks down the drug and how it interacts with other medications.

“With most medications, you need a certain level of drug in your bloodstream to obtain the desired effect,” said Brady Moffett, a clinical pharmacy specialist at Texas Children’s. “Some medications are harmful if the level rises too high and some do not work if the levels are too low.”

To promote quality improvement and to continue to ensure the safety of our patients, Texas Children’s Department of Pharmacy and Clinical Chemistry Service in the Department of Pathology have produced an online, comprehensive guide to help clinicians monitor the therapeutic drug levels in a patient’s bloodstream to ensure they are within a safe and effective range.

Drug level testing is especially important in children taking certain medications to treat health problems like abnormal heart rhythms, diabetes, epileptic seizures and bacterial infections, as well as organ transplant patients who must take immunosuppressant drugs during their lifetime.

Produced specifically for pediatrics, Texas Children’s 92-page therapeutic drug monitoring guide is the first of its kind produced at a children’s hospital and represents a multidisciplinary collaboration among our physicians, pharmacists and laboratory personnel.

“We worked extensively with specialists across multiple service lines to gather their input and expertise to bring this project to fruition,” Moffett said.

Moffett co-edited the therapeutic drug monitoring manual with Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, director of Clinical Chemistry and Point of Care Testing at Texas Children’s.

“The online version of this manual will be updated in real time as new drugs and technologies emerge,” Devaraj said. “It will provide us with better guidance on how to safely adjust the proper dosage of medications to meet our patients’ individual medical needs.”

Click here to access Texas Children’s Guide to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.