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Health Careers Education
Hospital and Long Term Care Pharmacy Operations
This course will prepare the student to function in a hospital pharmacy setting. The student will practice purchasing, inventory and quality assurance skills in the lab, hospital or long term care environment.
Lara Skaggs
A. Describe The Functions Of Institutional Pharmacy Practice

1. Explain the primary function of a hospital.
2. Understand the differences between centralized and decentralized pharmacy services.
3. Understand the roles and responsibilities of technicians in the hospital pharmacy.
4. Define pharmaceutical care and how it relates to pharmacy technicians' roles.
5. Explain how quality control and quality improvement are used in institutional pharmacy practice.

B. Describe The Functions Of Home Care And Long-Term Care Pharmacy Practice

1. Describe the evolution of home health care related to home infusion therapy and home care pharmacy practice.
2. Describe the future of home health care related to home infusion therapy and home care pharmacy practice.
3. Explain the scope of services available to a patient requiring home health care.
4. Describe the five most common drug categories of home infusion therapy.
5. Describe the medical indications for home infusion therapy.
6. Describe the complication of homeinfusion therapy.
7. Describe the various roles for a pharmacy technician in a home infusion company.
8. List the labeling requirements for sterile products that are to be used in a patient's home.
9. Identify the different types of long-term care facilities.
10. Identify the major source of funding for long-term care.
11. Identify the difference between a service pharmacist and a consultant pharmacist.
12. Describe the supportive role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician in a long-term care facility.

C. Demonstrate Knowledge Of Overall Pharmacy Operations

1. Identify the components of a complete prescription or medication order.
2. Prioritize prescriptions and medication orders on the basis of pertinent criteria.
3. Identify the necessary steps in processing a prescription or medication order.
4. List information normally found in a patient profile.
5. Identify the proper language to be used on medication labels.
6. List the information needed to make a medication label complete.
7. Accurately count and fill prescriptions.
8. Accurately fill unit dose packages.
9. Describe how automation impacts the drug distribution process.
10. Describe the different automation needsfor institutional pharmacy.
11. Describe the different automation needs for ambulatory care pharmacy.
12. List three applications for bar coding in health care.
13. Describe the difference between decentralized and centralized automated dispensing systems.
14. Describe the limitations of automated dispensing systems.

D. Demonstrate Knowledge Of Pharmacy Inventory Control

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the formulary system and its application in a purchasing and inventory system.
2. State the information that must be
included in a pharmacy purchase order.
3. Apply the proper processes when receiving and storing pharmaceuticals.
4. Identify key techniques for reviewing packaging, labeling, and storage considerations when handling pharmaceutical products.
5. Define the temperature requirementsfor drug storage
-Room temperature
-Excessive heat
6. List pharmaceutical products thatshould be refrigerated.
7. Demonstrate both an understanding and the application of appropriate processes for maintaining and managing a pharmaceutical inventory.
8. Complete the appropriate processes in the handling of pharmaceutical recalls.
9. Complete the appropriate processes in the disposal of pharmaceutical products.
10. Demonstrate an understanding of pharmaceutical products that require special handling within the purchasing and inventory system.
11. Describe the advantages of using automation for inventory control.
12. Describe the features of an automated narcotic control system.
13. Execute the proper procedures for borrowing and lending pharmaceuticals between pharmacies.
14. Describe the methods of inventory control that may be utilized to maintain adequate stock of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
15. Describe ordering and inventory procedures for recalled products.
16. Describe ordering and inventory procedures for controlled substances.
17. Describe ordering and inventory procedures for investigational drugs.

F. Demonstrate Knowledge Of Medication Errors

1. Describe the different types of medication errors.
2. Identify causes or factors that contribute to medication errors.
3. Describe things that can be done to prevent medication errors from occurring.
4. List examples of common errors.
5. Recognize possible consequences of actual medication errors.
6. Describe steps to be taken when an error has been identified.
7. Understand the role of quality assurance monitoring of medication errors.
8. Discuss the role of the pharmacy technician in preventing medication errors.

G. Demonstrate Knowledge, Methods and Labeling of Packaging

1. Perform unit dose packaging

H. Demonstrate Knowledge of Pharmacy Automation

1. Demonstrate ability to use pharmacy robot
(example Pyxis)
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Advanced Pharmacy Technician