The Ochsner Medical Center Pharmacy is an integral part of the Ochsner healthcare team.
Pharmaceutical specialties include transplant, cardiology, geriatrics, anticoagulation, critical care, infectious diseases, pediatrics, internal medicine, and oncology.
The Pharmacist-run Anticoagulation Clinic is a vital part of ambulatory care. Certified Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Students provide support in a wide variety of areas including medication distribution, sterile products (IV) preparation, and clinical monitoring.
Education is an integral part of pharmaceutical care at Ochsner Medical Center. Our Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are provided with the training and continued learning opportunities necessary to enhance their professional development and pharmacy career to whatever level that they desire. We provide internship and externship programs for Pharmacy Students as well as an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency Program for pharmacy school graduates who desire to enhance their professional practice. Our clinical pharmacists also provide training for the Ochsner Health System medical resident/ student program.
The Pharmacy Department is made up of separate inpatient and outpatient pharmacies that provide administrative, clinical, and distributive services to both hospital and clinic patients. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians work with other health care professionals to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to our patients and our community. All Ochsner Health System registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians are required to obtain Continuing Education credits each year in order to maintain their Louisiana Board of Pharmacy licensure.
The Ochsner Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.
The pharmacy is conveniently located on the first floor of the Atrium Tower at the base of the escalators. Prescriptions are filled for discharged hospital patients, clinic patients, and Ochsner. Over-the-counter products are available for purchase. Patient counseling is also provided.
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Ochsner Medical Center's inpatient pharmacy provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the areas of clinical monitoring, education, research, and unit dose medication distribution utilizing both traditional and automated systems. Clinical services are provided for both ambulatory and hospitalized patients. Computerized order entry and pharmacy order verification provide allergy, ADR, drug interaction, and IV compatibility checks and warnings.
Clinical monitoring and patient education, in decentralized and centralized settings, include pharmacokinetic and renal dosing, I.V. to P.O. conversion, therapeutic substitution, protocol/guidelines consultation, and patient counseling. Clinical pharmacists and specialists also attend physician rounds providing pharmaceutical consultation at the bedside.
Pharmacists provide drug information and assist with investigational drug studies. The department has extensive drug information resources including Micromedex. Participation in the set up, monitoring, and medication preparation and dispensation for investigational drug protocols is another important service provided by the pharmacy. The pharmacy's distributive services incorporate state-of-the-art automation utilizing Pyxis MedStations, a physician order management system, sterile products automated compounding devices, and unit dosing of medications.
Pyxis MedStations, now in most patient care areas, provide security and easy access to medications and premixed IV's by the nursing staff. These medication cabinets are stocked with medications daily by pharmacy technicians. Physicians' orders are sent to the pharmacy by Pyxis Connect, a physician order management system. Patient orders are scanned into the system on the nursing units and can be viewed at pharmacy Order Stations throughout the hospital.
The sterile products (IV) program provides automated parenteral nutrition order entry and compounding for hospitalized patients, including Ochsner Clinic Foundation's large Neonatal population. Pharmacy technicians provide unit dosing of medications not available from the manufacturer in unit of use packages. Pharmacy inventory is maintained in carousels and Pyxis CII Safe providing secure storage and efficient ordering, stocking, and dispensing processes.
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