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Pharmacy

Progressive pharmacy care for all patients

The hospital's pharmacy team members provide progressive, comprehensive pharmaceutical care to our patients, maintain excellence in pharmacy practice and create an environment focused on medication safety.

Our team members' efforts helped pharmacy earn a Best Practices Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The honor recognizes our ability to use drug-utilization data to improve drug-use efficiency. In addition to lower costs, benefits include shorter hospital stays and better outcomes for patients. This is the second time Pharmacy won the award. Ours is one of only four hospital pharmacies nationally to be recognized twice.

Our clinical pharmacist teams participate in multidisciplinary rounds and conduct drug therapy management, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and precept and teach pharmacy students, residents and other healthcare professionals. Clinical pharmacy service areas include:

  • Adult cancer care (including hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant)
  • Burn care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency department
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurosurgical intensive care
  • Medical intensive care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric and neonatal intensive care
  • Renal and liver transplant intensive care
  • Solid organ transplant (kidney, kidney/pancreas, liver)
  • Surgical intensive care and trauma

Technology

Advanced automation and health care information technology support excellence in pharmacy service. The University of Kansas Hospital was named one of the nation's most wired hospitals, and the Department of Pharmacy serves an integral role in the hospital's technology plan. This technology allows pharmacists to spend more time on patient care and enhances the ability of pharmacy technicians to direct medication distribution.

Our innovative technologies include:

  • Electronic medical records
  • McKesson pharmacy automation (RobotRx, MedCarousel, AcuDose)
  • ScriptPro technologies, such as telepharmacy hardware, outpatient robot and retail pharmacy software

Pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy technicians play a critical role in the hospital by using technology to provide medications to our patients efficiently and safely. Technicians work in all areas of the hospital, including those directly serving patient medication needs and those with McKesson automation.

Pharmacy intern program

As an academic medical center, we recognize the importance of students as future health care leaders. We have developed a unique and engaging pharmacy intern program designed to parallel interns' growth and learning as they advance through pharmacy school. Our progressive intern program is based on a three-tier career ladder.

  1. Experience working in a cutting-edge automated pharmacy
  2. Experience communicating with patients and clinical skills as an integral part of the medication reconciliation process
  3. Clinical practice experience by assisting clinical pharmacists with patient monitoring

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Drug Information Center

Among the resources available to pharmacy clinicians is the nationally recognized Drug Information Center. The center is a joint program of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas and our Department of Pharmacy.

The DIC provides current, accurate and unbiased drug information to health professionals and designated contractors within the state of Kansas and across the nation. The goal of the DIC is to promote rational and informed drug therapy.