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Pharmacy Services

Services Provided

The Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With a strong commitment to medication safety and performance improvement, a focus on customer service, and a role in educating future health-care professionals, the Department of Pharmacy at RWJ Somerset is devoted to delivering operational and clinical excellence, while advancing care and maintaining financial and operational growth.

Our pharmacists are actively involved in therapeutic management. Our policies, guidelines, programs and services ensure that patients receive evidence based appropriate pharmaceutical care as measured against accepted standards.

Individuals from the Department of Pharmacy are involved in numerous research activities. RWJ Somerset is one of two New Jersey hospitals selected to participate in the Marquis 2 research study, a national multi-center medication reconciliation quality improvement study whose goal is to implement medication reconciliation interventions that improve patient safety during care transitions.

Pharmacy based individual patient counseling focusing on anticoagulant medications, congestive heart failure medications, and geriatric discharge medications is provided to inpatients.

Pharmacy has a strong presence on many committees hospital-wide such as Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Critical Care, Cardiac Care, Code Blue, IRB, and Medication Management.

Clinical Services

Clinical services are provided in various areas including, but not limited to internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine and other specialty areas (e.g. geriatrics, infectious diseases, oncology and investigational drugs).

Several clinical programs and protocols have been developed at RWJ Somerset by the Department of Pharmacy, which include but are not limited to drug dosing protocols, standard desensitization protocols, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (i.e., pharmacy run vancomycin pharmacokinetic service, antimicrobial rounds), and clinical monitoring programs (i.e., anticoagulation monitoring program). The clinical pharmacy program is supported by three Rutgers Faculty, who are residency trained and dual board certified. They provide a significant contribution and serve as resources to family medicine, critical care, and the emergency department.

Technology

Medication is dispensed via a point of care decentralized distribution model supported by automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) on patient care units which provide nurses ready access to medications.

Hospital and pharmacy department information systems provide up-to- date patient information and on-line drug information resources. The majority of medication orders are received via Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE), entered by Pharmacy onto an Electronic Medication Record e-MAR and subsequently administered utilizing bedside bar-coding at the point-of- care. The use of this state-of- the-art technology enhances medication safety. Pharmacists document clinical interventions in the electronic medical record.