SOMC Creates New Medication Control TechnologyPosted on April 21, 2008
Southern Ohio Medical Center became the first hospital approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to deploy its own technology and process of checking controlled medications loaded into automated dispensing units for nursing staff.
In May 2007 the board approved SOMC’s “Pyxis Check,” a program written by the hospital’s own Information Services staff.
“SOMC was in the process of upgrading the automated dispensing units for controlled subtances throughout the hospital,” SOMC Pharmacy Director Rory Phillips explained. “The Pyxis system is used to secure controlled substances and other prescription drugs, such as narcotics, and requires biometric identification (fingerprint) to access these medications.”
Phillips said state regulations require a system of checking to assure the correct medication is loaded into each Pyxis unit. Typically this requires pharmacist approval.
“I believe our system is safer than human eyes. There are a lot of reasons why a human can make a mistake and the wrong drug could be placed in the wrong compartment in the Pyxis unit,” Phillips said.
“Dennis Ward and Brian Hickman in our own Information Services department wrote a special program that allows a pharmacy technician to scan the barcode of the medication, then a special barcode on the compartment of the Pyxis unit. If the wrong drug is scanned, an audible alert sounds to tell the technician something is wrong.”
“The Information Services department is proud to play a part in supporting clinical excellence here at SOMC,” Ward said. “By developing this program in-house, we were able to enhance an existing best-practice process.”
The Pyxis Check system resembles the Bar Code Medication Administration system now in place at SOMC for nurses to administer medication at the patient’s bedside. Special dispensers in the halls by patient rooms contain the barcode medication packets of non-controlled scheduled medications for each patient. The nurse uses a scanner on the packet, the patient’s ID bracelet and the nurse’s own badge to assure the right patient is receiving the right medication at the right time by the right person.
“We are proud of our own Information Services staff for being able to create this program tailored to our needs,” Phillips said. “This kind of safety initiative and leadership has created interest among some Columbus-based hospital pharmacy staffs, who have asked if they could obtain copies of this for their use as well.”
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Wheeler Named Kentucky ColonelPosted on April 16, 2008
Wayne B. Wheeler, MD, (left) Medical Director of LIFE Ambulance and an Emergency Medicine physician at Southern Ohio Medical Center through Emergency Physicians Medical Group, was recently presented the commission of Kentucky Colonel by former SOMC Chaplain Oscar Perry. Perry nominated Dr. Wheeler for the honor because of his ongoing service to the community. The commission is appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels provides support to charitable and educational organizations in Kentucky. Dr. Wheeler has been practicing medicine in the Portsmouth area for more than 25 years.
SOMC Welcomes Orthopaedic Surgeon PetteyPosted on April 11, 2008
James Pettey, MD, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center as Senior Medical Director of Orthopaedics.
Dr. Pettey comes to SOMC from Colorado Springs, CO, where he has served as Surgical Specialties Flight Commander, Chief of Surgery and a Clinical Instructor for Orthopaedic Residents for the United States Air Force Academy, 10th Medical Group. He has served in various command positions, including Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, at air bases in Florida, California, Germany and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Dr. Pettey also served as team physician of the NCAA Division II USAF basketball and Preparatory School football teams.
Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Pettey is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, completed a residency in Family Practice at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind., and a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California Davis, Sacramento, Calif.
Dr. Pettey and his wife, Katy, will reside in the Portsmouth area. They have three children.
Dr. Pettey will begin seeing patients in his office Friday, May 2, in Suite 304, Fulton Building, SOMC Main Campus. Appointments can be scheduled by calling on or after April 21 at (740) 353-7017.
Deaf Services Center To Assume Operation Of Community Services For Deaf and Hard of HearingPosted on April 11, 2008
Deaf Services Center, Inc., (DSC) of Columbus, Ohio will assume management and operation of Community Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSDHH) in Portsmouth following approval on Tuesday, April 8 by the DSC Board of Trustees.
CSDHH was operated and had been subsidized by Southern Ohio Medical Center for more than 20 years. DSC is a private, non-profit community center serving deaf communities in 15 counties including Central Ohio and southeastern Ohio. Core services include case management, interpreting, advocacy/education and leadership.
Clients in the deaf community should see no change in services,” CSDHH Director Teresa Bryan said. “The location is expected to remain on the SOMC South Campus, at least for the near future, and the same services are expected to be provided through DSC’s operation.”
John L. Moore, CEO/Executive Director of DSC, said DSC is looking forward to working with the deaf and hard of hearing in the Portsmouth community and ensuring that their needs are being met.
“DSC is pleased in ensuring that the continuation of services provided in Portsmouth will continue under our fiscal oversight of operations,” Moore said. “We have committed to the continuation of services until June 30, 2009, and in the meantime we will be working with the Portsmouth CSDHH in the development of a transition committee to enable your center to become independent or find an appropriate host agency locally to continue services beyond June 30, 2009.”
In addition to program fees, private funders, governmental contracts, donors and fundraising efforts, which comprise the bulk of DSC’s financial support, the program also has an agreement with the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC). RSC is the state agency charged with helping Ohioans with Disabilities achieve independence and retain or obtain jobs. The program’s mission is to empower the deaf and hard of hearing with access to communication, services and events in the community.
“I want to thank John Moore and the Deaf Services Center for their leadership in taking over the administration of the Portsmouth area Community Center for the Deaf,” John Connelly, Executive Director of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, said. “This will help ensure continued service for Portsmouth area customers. We appreciate our partnership with Southern Ohio Medical Center and wish them well as they continue to focus on the overall healthcare needs of Southern Ohio.”
CSDHH serves 186 deaf and hard of hearing people in nine counties around Portsmouth. The change in management is expected to be finalized by April 18.
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SOMC Encourages Kids To ‘Love Your Heart’Posted on April 8, 2008
More than 1,000 kindergartners from 11 area schools joined Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man on a journey down the yellow-brick road and into the world of healthy heart care during the annual Love Your Heart program at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The event took place April 1, 2 and 3 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.
Introduced by the SOMC Intensive Care Unit in 1999, the Love Your Heart program is an educational tool that combines hands-on learning stations, the five senses and a popular storybook theme to teach five- and six-year-olds how to stay smart when it comes to keeping their hearts healthy.
“We wanted to create a program that provides children with beneficial information in a really fun way,” Christy Aeh, nurse manager of the ICU at SOMC, said. “That’s how we came up with the idea to tie heart care into the story of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.”
Aeh explained that during the two-hour program, children are taught how the Tin Man received a heart from the Wizard, but neglected to take proper care of it and caused it to turn black. Children are then given the opportunity to go through five interactive exhibits that incorporate sight, taste, touch, hearing and exercise into maintaining a healthy heart to teach the Tin Man how to make his heart red again.
SOMC employees dressed in full costume to bring the story’s most beloved characters to life and more than 100 other hospital employees and nursing students from around the region helped in monitoring the event.
“Not only do children get excited to see the story progress and do the activities, but we also have a lot of fun dressing up and acting it out,” Aeh said.
“The program was created as a way to give back to our community but it’s turned into so much more,” Korina Eichenlaub, nurse educator of the SOMC ICU, said. “My daughter has attended the program and when she came home she explained to me how blood flows through her ‘vines’. I had to tell her that they’re actually called veins, but it’s great to see the impact the story had on her.”
“Teachers always give us really positive feedback about the program, too,” Lora Maddix, registered nurse of the SOMC ICU and program coordinator, said. “They look forward to this field trip and they really fight for it if it gets cut from their schedule.”
In fact, Love Your Heart has been so successful that the ICU staff has twice received the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ Seabury and Smith, Inc., Community Service Award for their efforts.
“We started by funding the program ourselves, but now we’re able to do so much more through grants and the help of the Scioto County Area Foundation,” Aeh said. “The program’s turned into a great resource for our local children and we look forward to continuing our partnership in health to those we serve and the lives we positively affect for many years to come.”