Hospital-Wide Centralized Unit Dose Drug Distribution System Study.
LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL SAN FRANCISCO CALIF
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Unit dose drug distribution is a medication delivery system that provides individual nursing units a determined quantity of single dose packaged drugs sufficient to meet patient requirements over a given time frame not to exceed twenty-four hours. This medication delivery system takes into account prescribing, interpretation, processing, packaging, storing, dispensing, delivery and administration of unit dose medications. Pharmacy personnel read and interpret direct copies of physician orders, select, dispense and transport medications to patient care areas. This study surveys the step by step conception and implementation of centralized unit dose drug distribution at Letterman General Hospital, provides a review and analysis of the unit dose system, proposes guidelines for implementing unit dose in other army hospitals, satisfies objective requirements and makes recommendations for further study.