The Department of Pharmacy’s Inpatient Division is active and
diverse. This area of practice presents many opportunities for new
graduates as well as experienced pharmacists. The Central Pharmacy is
located on the seven floor of the Clinical Services Wing. This
operation, along with one pharmacy satellite, supports all inpatient
and outpatient care areas and hospitals on the Galveston Campus.
The Operating Room (OR) Pharmacy Satellite is located on the
fourth floor of the Jennie Sealy Hospital. It provides pharmacy
services for approximately 60 cases per day including CABG,
orthopedics, cosmetics, cataracts, kidney and liver transplantation,
trauma, and many others. The OR pharmacist provides drug information,
dispenses medications, controls and reconciles narcotics, and works
with medical staff to identify cost effective drug utilization
A continuing goal of the Inpatient Division is the deployment
and expansion of clinical services supported by the Pharmacy Clinical
Practice Specialists, Clinical Staff Pharmacists and Pharmacy
Technologists. Initiatives include:
- All new medication orders are reviewed by a pharmacist for appropriateness to identify drug-related problems.
- Pharmacists make recommendations regarding drug therapy
regimens including ordering of tests and laboratory values to monitor
drug therapy for appropriateness.
- Pharmacists participate in patient care rounds.
- Patient progress and medication recommendations are communicated to the primary provider.
- Pharmacists play a key role in medication reconciliation for
ED patients including educating patients and/or caregivers,
facilitating continuity of care, assisting with reimbursement issues,
and discussing medication adherence.
- Pharmacists control the drug distribution systems to ensure
that the right medication and the right dose is administered via the
right route to the right patient at the right time, as well as maintain
the safety of the medication use system.
- Pharmacists assist in the development, implementation and
maintenance of decision support software systems aimed at decreasing
costs and improving the quality of care.
- Pharmacy staff coordinates the storage, preparation and
distribution of all medications, including sterile products, and ensure
full compliance with national standards of practice.
- Pharmacists help to educate future caregivers by precepting
pharmacy students and pharmacy residents and are involved with
continuing education by providing in-services.
- Pharmacy staff members monitor medication shortages, and when
necessary, work with physicians to determine appropriate alternative
The Central Pharmacy consists of an Order Entry Area, a
Medication Distribution Area, a non-sterile Compounding and
Prepackaging Facility, a Sterile Products Area, a state-of-the-art
Automated Distribution System, and a Controlled Substance Vault
operation that utilizes unit based, automated cabinets. This central
operation supports all inpatient care areas and outpatient care areas on
the Galveston campus.