Pre-Filled OR Syringes from PharMEDium Services, LLC By Dennis Roberts, DPh
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is a critical Acceptance From Anesthesia
access teaching hospital, affiliated with the University
Anesthesia has quickly accepted the new cefazolin push syringes,
of Tennessee and operating eight centers of excel-
since they can be administered in two to three minutes, versus the
lence, including burns, level 1 trauma, high-risk obstet-
30 minutes needed for cefazolin piggybacks. The shorter adminis-
rics, wound care, newborn, adult special care, sickle
tration time also made it easier to comply with the Centers for
cell, and bariatric care. We are licensed for 355 beds and 25% Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) core measures for surgicalto 30% of our patient population is indigent or self pay.
infection prophylaxis, which require the medication to be adminis-
To ensure the proper labeling and beyond-use dating for our OR
tered within the hour prior to surgery. Our anesthesiologists also
ucts on a daily basis for use in our four
Since using pre-filled syringes, the Regional Medical Center has witnessed a reduction in cefazolin costs and Benefits waste, as well as simplified inventory control for a variety of drugs used in the OR.
security, and 45-day beyond-use dating.
our cefazolin, phenylephrine, ephedrine, and succinylcholine to
well in advance of their expected use. We have also noted a sig-
PharMEDium as a beta site for their OR syringes.
nificant reduction in costs and waste associated with cefazolinsince switching from piggybacks to PharMEDium’s push
syringes, due to the elimination of the tubing. In addition, inven-
The cost of a PharMEDium syringe is considerably higher than the
tory control has been simplified. Our buyer places a weekly
cost of preparing a product in-house, even with the associated labor
order, and we currently stock five boxes of 25 cefazolin syringes
reduction. However, with just 24-hour dating on products com-
and two boxes of 25 each of the other products. Because of the
pounded in-house and the syringe quantities anesthesia required to
success of this program, we have asked PharMEDium to consid-
be on-hand, we were destroying 60-plus syringes daily. This made the
er compounding additional syringes, such as ceftriaxone with
premium PharMEDium charges for its syringes financially feasible
lidocaine for IM injections given in the emergency department ■
for our organization, as we stood to waste fewer syringes with theirextended beyond-use dating. Furthermore, in using PharMEDium’s
Dennis E. Roberts, DPh, is the assistant director of pharmacy oper-
cefazolin syringes as a push, we eliminated the cost of piggyback tub-
ations at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He is a gradu-
ing, which is actually more expensive than the drug itself.
ate of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy.
Reprinted with permission from Pharmacy Purchasing & Products, Vol. 5 #7. 2008 Ridgewood Medical Media, LLC, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. All rights reserved.
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