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Corum has a team of consultant pharmacists who perform a variety of duties to ensure optimal medication management as well as regulatory compliance. The consultants complete monthly medication regimen reviews at all skilled nursing facilities, and reviews at assisted living and other facilities as required per the corresponding regulations. During these comprehensive chart reviews, the consultants utilize their clinical expertise to evaluate all aspects of each resident’s medication therapy and make recommendations as appropriate. They pride themselves on individualizing patient care and focusing on the specific medication needs of the older adult population. The consultant pharmacists also perform regular medication administration audits, as well as audits of medication rooms and treatment carts to help facilitate proper medication administration and storage.
Our Director of Clinical Services is one of our consultant pharmacists who is also involved in quality assurance meetings and projects, psychotropic medication reviews, additional medication reviews and audits upon request, nursing and patient in-servicing and education, policy and procedure development, clinical program development, and more.
To ensure the best care possible for our long-term care and assisted living residents and to ensure regulatory compliance, a pharmacist will review admission documents and medication lists for every resident that is admitted to one of these facility types. Pharmacists will complete medication reconciliation to ensure that the facility medication list matches what the resident was on previously per hospital or home records. On these reviews, we look for medication “red flags” such as abnormal doses, drug interactions, and renal dosing. We will also make recommendations regarding monitoring and administration instructions to ensure that the best outcomes for our residents are met.
Corum collaborates with Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care to provide daily chart reviews for hospice patients. These reviews encompass all new admissions and all medication changes. When reviewing medications for hospice patients, our pharmacists help optimize medication safety and efficacy, recommend deprescribing when appropriate, and ultimately consider the comfort of the patient. Several of our pharmacists are currently working towards obtaining a hospice and palliative care certification to further enhance this service.
Post-fall Medication Reviews
To optimize patient safety, Corum pharmacists perform medication reviews on patients who have unfortunately had a fall. The pharmacist will evaluate the patient’s current medications and the circumstances of the incident, and will note any medications that could potentially have contributed to the fall due to their adverse event profile. Medication therapy changes will be recommended to the physician as appropriate.
Our antibiotic stewardship program was established in 2017 in an effort to help prevent antibiotic resistance, improve infection control, optimize antimicrobial therapy, and ultimately provide quality resident care. Corum pharmacists are able to serve on an interdisciplinary team to help review antibiotic therapy and ensure that antibiotics are being appropriately utilized based on local resistance patterns, patient-specific factors, and clinical guidelines.
We love to interact with our residents, patients, nursing staff, caregivers, and other healthcare providers. Our team is available for full medication reviews or to answer questions if there is something in particular that you would like to discuss. You can contact the pharmacy directly at 636-733-7300 or email [email protected] with your request. For full medication reviews, a pharmacist will be in touch the next business day. As always, our priority is YOU!
Medication Therapy Services
Corum pharmacists are certified to perform medication therapy services (MTS) and are proud to offer this collaborative opportunity. MTS is a service in which certified pharmacists are authorized to make certain modifications to drug therapy and monitoring pursuant to a protocol with collaborating physicians. This allows our pharmacists to enhance medication outcomes and make necessary medication changes without contacting the physician each time. Some examples of MTS include the ability to automatically substitute therapeutically equivalent medications due to insurance reasons, change a medication formulation when necessary, or dosing certain medications such as intravenous vancomycin.