Hospitals must meet new standards the Joint Commission has set up for 2009.
The Joint Commission’s just-released 2009 National Patient Safety Goals have several requirements that pertain to pharmacy. For instance, hospitals must implement practices to prevent hospital-acquired infections due to multiple drug-resistant organisms. This requirement has a one-year phase-in period, with full implementation expected by Jan. 1, 2010. Other changes involve revisions to the medication reconciliation and anticoagulation standards.
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