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Taking Medication Safety for Granted

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We all have a different skill set and a unique way we approach things. How we approach the topic of medication safety on a day to day basis is no different. For those of us who hold active positions in the area of medication safety, I’m guessing we’ve all been in situations where we have heard the following words screaming in our heads, “Oh my!”. Your words may have been different…but you get my meaning! You encounter situations or discover things where staff should have known better. Unfortunately, not all staff have the big picture on safety. and even when they do, things still creep into the workplace which is why regular spot checks and hands on walk-throughs are essential.

I did a walk-through this week at LASH. Of course, this is a bit of a different situation as my team is a new team and we worked fast to get the department up and running. It’s no surprise I would find a few “oh my” issues. It did remind me though of other “oh my” discoveries at previous hospitals that were established and running on auto-pilot. Things creep in and periodic reviews are needed. My advice to you is: Just get out there. Peruse the shelves, walk the floors, talk to the staff and spend a day with a technician. You will be amazed at what you learn.

What further helps to reveal reality is when our personal thinking ceases to take reality for granted. –Criss Jami

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Terri is absolutely phenomenal. She is an incredibly knowledgeable pharmacy resource. As the medication safety officer, the quality initiatives she implemented not only impacted the patients at our medical center but also reached into the community. Terri is a genuine professional who upholds accountability while creating community among her team members. She is a great listener to identify friction points and has actionable ideas to implement improvements.

T. Eagle. MBA, MLS(ASCP), CLS Lab Operations Manager

Terri is an expert at prospective risk identification -Failure, Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Terri participated in CHPSO Patient Safety Safe Tables and was part of the Hospital Quality Institute’s Regional Quality and Patient Safety Leader Network.
She is an excellent public speaker and communicates well with public and professional audiences. I look forward to her continued work in medication safety.

Regional Quality Network at HQI

Terri has done a tremendous job with the controlled substance diversion program. She has had such a positive impact and has really made the hospital a safer place.

Tri-City Medical Center
Nurse Manager

We would not be where we are with the improvements we have made with opioid prescribing if it were not for Terri driving the process.

Tri-City Emergency Medical Group
Chief Physician

In addition to understanding the ins and outs of the [controlled substance use] process completely, she is very proactive in coming to me with provider issues that she detects. She truly balances the administrative duties and the regulatory components demand with a keen sense of what my practitioners do and what their needs are on the ground. Terri is instrumental in working with my department, balancing patient care, cooperation, ability, and integrity to get the job done.

UCSD Medical Center
Chief Anesthesiologist

Terri is knowledgeable and effective in pharmacy leadership. She has the ability to be able to anticipate and prepare for the future. Her ability to utilize resources effectively in this changing environment is a strong asset. She can adapt, evolve, mentor and still never say “no” when asked to assist. She exhibits great abilities to be flexible and is a “self starter”. She has a pleasant yet effective demeanor that commands results.

Candace Fong, Pharm D
System Director of Pharmacy and Medication Safety Common Spirit Health

Terri has always impressed me as being very smart. resourceful, creative, and easy to work with. Terri’s commitment to medication safety permeated our organization, raising the awareness of this important issue throughout all levels of the institution. Terri has always been engaged, cooperative, and generous with her time.

Cary Mells, MD
Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine Tri-City Medical Center

Terri has done more for the Pharmacy in her few months as Interim Pharmacy Director than any other Director has done during my 12 years here.

Anita Kennedy, MBA
VP of Ancillary Services Methodist Hospital

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