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5 Tough Questions for the Healthcare Manag...

Healthcare isn’t easy. It requires hard decisions on a daily basis and lots of stress. Therefore, it’s no coincidence that mistakes are being made due to the human factor. That’s where we come in. Our mission at Pharmacolog is to bring the safety issues at hospitals and wards around the world into the light and help to create a more efficient and safe overall healthcare environment. Here are 5 essential questions for any healthcare management to consider:

How do you make sure that the medication as well as the dosage is right before it’s given to the patient? What safety standards do you have at your wards and does ev...

Collaboration is key – improving safety in...

The lack of clinical studies on children (which is considered unethical) causes a knowledge gap in the paediatric medical treatment. Thorough information is seldom found in national guidelines, but instead written into each hospital’s individual instructions.

For many years, the healthcare industry has tried to figure out the best possible solution and one of the most efficient alternatives so far is ePed, a database developed by the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The system is entirely dedicated to the treatment of children and focuses primarily on practical issues, such as how to find the right medication, how to avoid mistakes and how other organizations have solved similar chall...

Can Medication Errors Be Avoided?

Patients are supposed to feel safe under treatment and healthcare professionals are supposed to feel confident in performing their job. Unfortunately, study after study presents a different reality in the chain of care.

Medication errors are common, costly and many times quite catastrophic. The human factor must always be taken into consideration, and after all, healthcare is about humans treating other humans. But these mistakes come to a (literally) high price and we need to do everything in our power to avoid them. We need to do more. And we can.

There’s not one isolated element that leads to medical errors. There are actually several sources for these errors. According to the Institut...

Let’s travel the medication route!

From idea to patient — what could possibly go wrong? Well, before a certain pharmaceutical is finally given to the patient, it actually travels quite a risky road that could jeopardize the medical safety and work environment. We call it the medication route

Transportation damage, misreading of labels by hospital staff and mistakes in compounding are just a few of the incidents that can occur along the way. We want to shine a light on these issues to enhance safety and create more efficiency in the chain of care.

Therefore, we’ve created this map over the medical route that points out certain crucial areas where we need t...

Who cares for the caretaker?

There’s more than one reason why we often repeat the expression ”patient safety first”. However, patients are not the only ones vulnerable in the healthcare system. One group that we feel is largely overseen are the so called ”second victims” — nurses, doctors and pharmacists with great responsibilities in their everyday lives. 

When a medical error is made, our primary concern is always the patient. If the given medication has the wrong dosage or has been tampered with on its route to the receiver, it can cause everything from zero response to serious damage or even death.

The latter is of course a worst case scenario but the sad truth is it’s far from uncommon. When a patient responds b...

Drug Diversion – When the Nightmare Become...

Illicit use of prescribed drugs is one of ”the defining drug crimes” in America today according to a recent report by the Prescription for Peril Insurenace fraud finances theft and abuse. Size, speed of growth, the harm it causes to people and the costs to insurers, are some of the key factors in the study.

When it comes to insurances, the numbers are nothing but mind-blowing! Every year, the diversion epidemic costs insurers up to 72.5 billion dollars. Many aren’t even aware of the problem and get a shock when they suddenly face a liability lawsuit.

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DrugLog® is a unique device with which you can verify a drug’s identity and concentration, before it’s given to the patient. On today’s med tech market, there are few others – if any – medication control devices that are as fast and user-friendly as DrugLog®. A great complement to the fine work performed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians.

DrugLog® let’s you:

Identify and verify intravenous pharmaceuticals on sight, in just seconds. Validate compounding processes Increase the effectiveness of training programs Determine the solution’s validity and counteract drug diversion

In this short video presentation, we explain more about the technology behind the device and how it can help you ...

”Patient safety first” – meet our new CEO

Hello Karl-Erik Carlström, new CEO of Pharmacolog. Tell us about your background.

Hello,

I studied engineering and ran my own businesses in the 90s. For the past 17 years I have worked in the Life Science and High Tech business with focus on product development, product management and international sales. Before I joined Pharmacolog, nearly 2 years ago, I worked as an interim product manager for neurosurgical instruments and software at Elekta.

What happens right now in the biotech industry in Uppsala and at Pharmacolog?

The Uppsala-Stockholm area is very exciting when it comes to Life Science technology. In general, it is considered the most expansive industrial area in Swed...

Alarming Medication Error Rates in Top Hos...

The fact that medication errors occur in every second surgery sounds like a nightmare, but it’s seemingly the harsh truth. All according to a brand new in-house study by a world leading hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has performed a unique study of more than 275 operations under their own roof. Prior to the study, medication error rate data was sparse, and the true rates were presumably under-rated. The study focused on the perioperative period – immediately before, during and after a surgical procedure. The results show that medication errors of various sorts occur in every second surgery and that some could cause an adverse drug event or serious harm to the patient. This is of c...

What can we learn from our european neighb...

The latest report from the Swedish Directorate for Health and Social Affairs shows that health damage in the Swedish healthcare is decreasing. This sounds very good, if only it gave the full picture. The report doesn’t even mention health damage from drug treatment in specialist care. Statistically, this represents perhaps the biggest threat to a secure long-term care.

What is the problem? International studies show that more than three percent of the preparations of chemotherapy for cancer treatment at major hospitals have serious errors, i.e. more than +/- 15 % off target. Meanwhile, studies from Sweden show that up to 40 % of the preparations that take place on the wards are incorrect. And acc...