Don’t Drop the Ball: Safer Handoffs in Community Pharmacy

A patients hands a prescription to a pharmacy professional.

Comprehensive, accessible, timely, and correct communication is key to providing safe and effective healthcare. Many studies have identified poor communication as a primary contributing factor to patient harm especially during the transfer of care between providers. Studies of these transfers or ‘handoffs’ in healthcare have shown that there is an increased risk of patient harm […]

Reducing Distractions and Interruptions to Improve … Wait, What Was I Doing!?

Community pharmacies are busy environments that are prone to distractions and interruptions. Patients can walk in at any time, telephones and fax machines go off, alarms ping from computers, and staff interrupt themselves and others for a broad range of reasons. While the rate of interruptions and distractions in community pharmacies varies, one study found […]