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The Case for Concurrent Cases - November 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 3 F or many patients, the car ride home can be both pain- and nausea-inducing. The thought of having to stop and drop off prescriptions and either wait for them to be filled or return later to the pharmacy is a huge dissatisfier. In an effort to let patients travel non-stop to home with their medica- tions in hand, we partnered with a pharmacy across the street to create a free meds-to-beds program. We ask patients on admission if they'd like us to fax their prescriptions to the pharmacy, which knows which medications and what quantities to keep on hand. A pharmacy tech delivers the medication to the patient or his family in PACU. The phar- macy turnaround time is less than 30 minutes. We can educate the patient about his medication before discharge as he takes his first dose. Philip B. Binkley, MBA, BSN, RN Houston (Texas) Methodist Willowbrook Centerfield Surgery pbbinkley@houstonmethodist.org MEDS TO BEDS Deliver Patients' Prescriptions Right to Recovery • BEDSIDE SERVICE How would your patients like to get their post-op prescriptions filled — and delivered to their bedside — while they're still in your recovery room? Houston (Texas) Methodist Willowbrook

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