September 2001

Franciscan Health System Pharmacy Group to present at Partnership Symposium

Members of the pharmacy group at Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash., will present a poster session at Partnership Symposium 2001, sponsored by Professionals for Patient Safety (P4PS), to be held October 10-12 in Dallas, Texas. The poster session, to be presented by Jeffrey Armentrout, RPh, and Ron Broekemeier, RPh, will focus on the work of Franciscan Health System’s multidisciplinary Medication Process Improvement Team (MedPIT). MedPIT has created reporting forms that identify process improvement opportunities; safer order writing ethods; non-punitive reporting policies; and process improvements to increase safety and timeliness in the administration of insulin, heparin and antibiotics. Armentrout and Broekemeier will also participate in a breakout session on clinical teamwork initiatives to improve patient safety.