Monthly Archives: December 2011

Safety, privacy and UCSF Med Center’s failure to do the right thing

I am a UCSF School of Pharmacy alum. I consider UCSF Medical Center, along with many other people, to be one of the best medical centers in the country. And, UCSF Medical Center saved my mother’s life with a liver transplant earlier this year. However, I am frustrated with UCSF Medical Center this morning.

Metal RFID tags for surgical instruments The problem addressed by metal RFID of forgotten surgical tools, sponges and towels is a serious one. The Healthcare Informatics Company found in 2008 that in one out of every eight operations, surgical tools are not properly accounted for. Other statistics indicate such items are left inside a patient’s body in between 1 out […]

DrugCite, a searchable database of drug side effects reported to the FDA

Year end thoughts 2011

2011 brought many new and exciting changes not only in my personal life, but in the world of pharmacy and technology as well. I’ve learned many new things, gained some new skills, made some new friends, explored the world of pharmacy more deeply, traveled more than ever before and discovered that I once again know […]

High-Alert Medications Involved in Wrong-Drug Errors [Article]

A recent article in Pharmacy Times outlines some interesting examples of Sound-Alike-Look-Alike-Drugs (SALAD) causing trouble in pharmacy. We’ve all seen them, and I’ve blogged about them before. Hydralazine and hydroxyzine represent a prototypical SALAD pair, but there are many others out there; ISMP’s list can be found here (PDF).

Merry Christmas 2011

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch of their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great […]

Prevalence of medication administration errors in two medical units with automated prescription and dispensing [Article]

From the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association1. I was a little shocked by the number of errors, but as you can see in the abstract below, and in the title, the errors were during the administration phase of the medication use process. Seems a bit odd to look at medication errors during administration […]

Medscape mobile acknowledges problem with iOS 5

Apparently some Medscape mobile users with iOS 5 have had some issues. Below is the content from an email I received earlier today. Not exactly sure what the problem is as the email didn’t actually say. I’d be leery of the application until the fix is applied, which according to the email will be sometime […]

Is robotic surgery cost-effective? Depends on who you ask.

I thought this was very interesting. Dueling robots? This is where pharmacy is with robotics. We should conduct a little research into their cost-effectiveness versus accuracy and speed. Know what I mean? The articles below come from Current Opinion in Urology, Jan 2012; 22(1) Article 1 Pages 61-65 Is robotic surgery cost-effective: yes. PURPOSE OF […]

Staying up to date with medical literature isn’t easy

One of the problems I’ve experienced since leaving pharmacy is keeping up with the medical literature. I no longer have unlimited access to pharmacy journals, medical journals, engineering journals, etc; not to mention less mainstream literature. While looking at the table of contents from my favorite journals and reading through the abstracts has value, it […]