Pharmacy services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) play an essential role in patient care, exceeding standards of care for both treatment and prevention of disease.
Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the safe and effective use of the most appropriate medication for each patient at SBMC. The pharmacy follows a decentralized approach to staffing, and pharmacists often spend their shifts working on the patient care units alongside nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Pharmacists have a strong presence in oncology and in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Pharmacy technicians are an integral part of the team, and play a large role in medication preparation and distribution. All of our technicians have completed comprehensive education and training and are certified with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
We place a strong emphasis on ensuring that pharmacy is recognized for its role and impact on patient care. We continuously monitor pharmacist interventions that influence patient outcomes. Examples of these interventions include warfarin monitoring, renal dosing, antibiotic stewardship, evaluating drug levels, monitoring blood chemistries, and patient counseling.
We strive to continually implement the most progressive and state of the art pharmacy services. Clinical specialty pharmacy services at SBMC include cardiology, emergency medicine, renal transplant, pediatrics, and critical care.
Pharmacy has a strong presence in many committees hospital-wide such as Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Infectious Disease Committee, Medication Safety Committee, and Patient Satisfaction Steering Committee, among others.
SBMC offers a full array of healthcare technologies, including:
- Cerner® for electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry
- Pyxis automated dispensing systems
- PharmTrack® to track the medication distribution process
- Pharmacy OneSource® to flag patient care initiatives and document pharmacist interventions
- Bedside bar-code reading to ensure accurate drug administration
- USP 797 clean room to compound intravenous medications
- Information systems management pharmacist on staff