Reply To: medications brought from home

  • Kimberly Duback

    October 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    This does not happen often on the outpatient side; however, we do allow patients to take their home medications while in the hospital.  All home medications are first sent to pharmacy for verification and the pharmacy gives the medication a hospital label so that they can be scanned and documented in our electronic medical record.  If this occurred on the outpatient setting, we would follow the same process.

    Kimberly Duback, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPHON
    Advanced Practice Nurse
    Advocate Children’s Hospital
    Oak Lawn, IL
    United States of America

    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-14-2015 04:12 PM
    From: Janet Giordano
    Subject: medications brought from home

    Our hemophilia population obtains prophylactic Factor products through an outside vendor, which the parent is taught how to administer at home.  Occasionally, a patient will be scheduled for lab work and a clinic visit on a day Factor is due, so the parent brings the product to be administered at the time of the lab draw.

    Do you allow patients/parents to administer prophylactic Factor products – or any medication – brought from home through an intravenous line (butterfly) started by hospital staff?  If so, would you be willing to share your guidelines?  Does the pharmacy play a role in medications given by parents on the hospital/clinc campus?

    Janet Giordano, MSN, RN
    St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Memphis, TN
    United States