Pharmacy Department Overview
The Pharmacy Department at St. Peter’s Hospital provides a wide range of pharmaceutical services to the hospital, ambulatory network and associated programs. The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with over 100 full and part-time employees (approximately 50 pharmacists).
Inpatient Pharmacy Programs
- Central Pharmacy – provides 24-hour service to all inpatient areas including 4 critical care areas (CVICU, ICU, CCU, NICU), 2 adult cardiac units, 11 medical/surgical units, 1 women’s and children’s. Included are various specialty services including sterile compounding, nutrition support, chemotherapy, and controlled substances.
- Decentralized Pharmacy Services – Pharmacists focus on maximizing their encounters with other healthcare professionals and patients by working decentralized in cardiac and surgical patient care areas. They provide drug information, follow dosing protocols, perform medication histories/reconciliation and verify orders.
- Decentralized Technician Services – Decentralized Pharmacy Technicians provide decentralized drug distribution (Pyxis) service, controlled substance distribution, facilitation of home medication and appropriate medication storage/security.
- Emergency Department Pharmacy – The Pharmacy provides 16 hour service to all segments of the Emergency Department. Pharmacists provide drug information, participate in emergency situations (codes and rapid response), procedural sedation, and verify orders.
- Inpatient Surgery Pharmacy – serves the 24-suite inpatient surgical area
Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Pharmacists routinely provide clinical services to patients admitted to St. Peter’s Hospital.
- Adult Oncology
- Bariatric Surgery
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Colorectal Surgery
- Critical Care
- Emergency Medicine
- General Surgery
- Hepatobiliary Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
Clinical pharmacy specialists participate in patient care rounds, provide drug information, and provide education to patients and health care providers. Clinical surveillance tools are used to maximize the benefit of clinical pharmacy services on those patients who will benefit the most. The pharmacy also offers consult services for antibiotic stewardship, admission and discharge medication reconciliation, discharge education and pain management.
Ambulatory Pharmacy Programs
- Outpatient Pharmacy – Outpatient prescription services are provided from two locations: St Peter’s Hospital Campus and St Mary’s Hospital Campus. These pharmacies provide comprehensive pharmacy services which include discharge medication reconciliation, patient education, disease state education and community benefits.
- Cancer Care Pharmacy – Outpatient chemotherapy and supportive care infusions are provided by the department of pharmacy for 24 infusion chairs. Pharmacists are responsible for drug information, dosing verification, compounding of chemotherapy, management of research protocols and assist with coordination of specialty pharmacy medications. Pharmacists and residents are also involved in patient/family chemotherapy education.
Quality of Care and Patient Safety
The Department of Pharmacy demonstrates its continued commitment to improved quality of care through its involvement in many medication safety initiatives and use of automation technologies that allow for safer medication use process, such as:
- Computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) as part of Siemens/Soarian
- Pyxis® ES Medstation
- Pyxis® ES CII safe controlled substance dispensing system
- Pyxis® ES Anesthesia stations
- BD Pharmogistics ES
- MedCarousel automated dispensing system
- Hospira Sapphire Smart IV infusion pumps with drug libraries
- Hospira Sapphire Smart Epidural/PCA pumps with drug libraries
- Barcode medication verification and charting at the bedside
Pharmacy staff at St. Peter’s Hospital precept both IPPE and APPE students in a variety of different areas of practice with approximately 5 to 12 students participating in learning experience each module. St. Peter's Hospital has a primary educational affiliation with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Additionally, St. Peter’s Hospital has educational affiliations with a number of other Colleges of Pharmacy throughout the United States. Residents co-precept students as part of the Teaching and Learning program and lead Journal Club and educational presentations.