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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 9 W ith high-alert medications, the consequences of an error are more devastating. As an added safety measure, we put plastic see- through lids on the bins that hold our high-alert meds so nurses don't reach into the wrong bin by mis- take and potentially cause serious patient harm. Melody Hargrove, BSN, RN Ophthalmology Surgery Center of Dallas (Texas) melody.hargrove@ scasurgery.com Put a Lid on High-Alert Meds • DRUG SAFETY Cover your high-alert medications with a plastic lid. Melody Hargrove, BSN, RN bility means we no longer have to log in and out of the multiple clear- inghouse websites to verify coverage manually. Getting started takes some IT setup and interface work, as well as some time building the scripts for your workflow. We spent $6,000 to $7,000 on the kiosk, and we pay a quarterly maintenance fee for the software. Based on the increase in cash collections at the time of service, a reduction in claim denials and other efficiencies, we esti- mate we saw a return on the investment within a year. Helen Lowenwirth, MBA, CASC East Side Endoscopy and Pain Management Center New York, N.Y. hlowenwirth@esecgi.com

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