As a patient in the hospital, you will receive medications as a part of your therapy. These medications are covered by insurance plans and Medicare.
Can I bring my own medications to the hospital?
Many patients bring their medications with them upon hospital admission so your physician can verify the medications and doses. Following review of the medications, we recommend that the medications be sent home with a friend or family member. If this is not possible, the hospital has a place to store them safely until you are discharged.
By sending them home, we help eliminate the possibility that you receive extra doses, receive medications that might interact with one other, or receive medications that your physician may not know that you are taking.
In special cases, it may be necessary for you to take your own medication while in the hospital. Your physician will communicate this with the nurses and pharmacists. In order for medications to qualify for use, they must be in their original, labeled prescription container. The medications will be sent to the hospital pharmacy for identification and bar coding. After this is completed, your medications will be stored in a locked box outside your room and the nursing staff will administer them to you as ordered by your physician.
If you are admitted under the status of observation or as an outpatient and are covered by Medicare, you will be financially responsible for all oral medications administered to you during your stay. Medicare does not cover medications for these admissions.
Patient safety is fundamental to all that we do. It's what drives us to embrace the latest innovations so we can be sure that we always give the correct drug and the correct dose to every patient.
- We track each patient individually.
- Drug distribution is done primarily through automated devices on each unit that are interfaced with the pharmacy computer system. Our pharmacists review each order written by prescribers.
- We use barcode technology to stock ATM-type cabinets with medications in each nursing unit and care area. Barcode technology is used throughout the purchasing and restocking process so the right medication is stocked in the correct location in each medication cabinet.
- Our pharmacy is staffed by registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians.
We use a particulate-free clean room for sterile compounding of medications such as chemotherapy drugs, intravenous nutrition replacement, and intravenous solutions.