FORT POLK, La. –– Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital pharmacists are using National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, which runs through Sunday, to underscore the many new and vital roles they now play in patient care.
BJACH’s pharmacy service chief and staff are charged with the duties of recognizing, identifying, selecting, ordering, preparing, safeguarding, evaluating and dispensing all pharmaceutical substances used in preventive, curative and diagnostic medicine. They are responsible for keeping abreast of new developments in the pharmacy field and for the current accrediting body, and standards of pharmaceutical care within the community.
The chief disseminates information to the professional staff concerning advances in the field of pharmacy and related matters.
In addition, the pharmacy staff also counsels and advises patients and staff on the appropriate use of medications, including interactions and cautions related to the use of alternative forms of medicines such as dietary supplements and herbal remedies.
Pharmacy technicians also play a vital role by assisting pharmacists so that the patient receives safe and timely delivery of medications.
There is a 10-step process that is followed for every prescription being processed, said Capt. Jason Kim, outpatient pharmacy chief. It takes a little time to get it done safely and accurately.
In addition to the outpatient pharmacy, BJACH’s inpatient pharmacy is responsible for making sure the wards, operating room and emergency room have the medications they require for their day-to-day operation plus filling medications for inpatients which includes limited compound services.
Each quarter, the Department of Defense updates the uniform formulary used by military treatment facilities. It is BJACH’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee’s responsibility to control the local formulary by evaluating non-formulary requests on a case-by-case basis.
Hospital and health system pharmacists have been able to take on enhanced patient-care roles because of a number of factors, including the use of highly-trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medication. Currently, BJACH uses Script Pro 200 and soon, this system will be installed at the Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic. As technology evolves, BJACH’s pharmacy accesses the benefits on implementation to improve safety and efficiency.
BJACH’s outpatient pharmacy prescription pick up tickets are automated. Beneficiaries who wish to wait for their prescription to be filled should pull an “A” ticket.
If you want to drop off your prescription and come back at least four hours later to pick it up, then you need to select a “B” ticket, said Kim. “B tickets are also used to pick up called-in refills.”BJACH’s outpatient pharmacy fills between 1,000-1,300 prescriptions daily and generally experiences their busiest time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.