Pharmacy at Pella Regional is an intregal part of how we help our patients. Hospital pharmacists and trained pharmacy technicians deal with complex clinical medication management issues. The pharmacy is for hospitalized patients only, not for retail use.
All medications dispensed through the pharmacy must have a written order from a physician and each medication is verified by a pharmacist before it leaves the pharmacy to ensure it is correct. The pharmacist also checks for patient allergies, drug interactions and appropriate dosage. These processes are in place in order to improve patient safety and eliminate medication errors.
The pharmacy uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure patients receive the proper medication at the right time, in the right dosage. To prevent accidental medication errors, patient wrist-bands are imprinted with a unique bar-code that matches up in our computer system with the physician-assigned medication.
IV medications are prepared by the pharmacy in special rooms set up to meet federal standards. This includes an ante room for gathering supplies, a positive pressure room to create IV fluids such as antibiotics and a negative pressure room used to create chemotherapy for cancer patients.
The pharmacy also assists with patient education programs including joint replacement, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes education, respiratory therapy and coumadin education.