The mission of the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Pharmacy is to provide quality professional pharmaceutical care and service to meet the healthcare needs of our patients, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals at all times.
The pharmacy employs licensed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to provide services. Medications are provided to patients by a 24-hour unit dose exchange system and by the growing use of automated dispensing cabinets.
Orders are entered in a Hospital Pharmacy Computer System on a profile for each specific patient. Orders are than checked for the correct drug, dose, route, frequency, and other important information. A pharmacist reviews the medication orders of each patient to ensure that their prescription is accurate and will not cause any interactions due to allergies, other medications they may currently be taking, or anything else that may cause problems while taking that particular medication.
The AMMC Pharmacy has an IV Admixture service to provide our patients with IV medications when they are necessary. These IV products are prepared in an IV hood to insure accuracy and sterility. Our pharmacists provide education to the patients, nursing staff and other hospital staff, including a Coumadin Education Program for our patients that are discharged on this medication. The pharmacists provide pharmacokinetic consults, which involves calculating, ordering and monitoring certain drugs that need specific levels in the blood to work properly and must be tailored to the patient's kidney function. A renal-dosing program is available on a daily basis to the physicians to include drugs that need dosing review based on kidney function.
Many other services including antibiotic monitoring and TPN consults are also provided by the pharmacy.