Severely-ill children needing antibiotics in several rural Mercy hospitals will get faster results thanks to the vision of Marette Forman, pharmacist.
The Mercy Kids Board of Trustees recently recognized Forman for her work to improve timely administration of antibiotics for pediatric patients at Mercy Emergency Departments in El Reno, Guthrie, Kingfisher and Watonga. Combined, these hospitals treat nearly 8,000 pediatric patients annually.
Forman and a team of Mercy pharmacists collaborated to develop a comprehensive infant antibiotic dosing handbook for nurses with step-by-step instructions to mix IV antibiotics. A pharmacist located in Oklahoma City reviews the order remotely prior to the medication being administered by the nurse.
She noticed an opportunity to speed medication delivery time to children when Mercy implemented smart pump technology in the rural communities.
“Some smaller hospitals may have the need to mix medicine, but do not always have an onsite pharmacist to do so,” Forman said. “I wanted to make sure our nurses have the training and knowledge of the process at their fingertips, so they provide the safest, most accurate medication administration possible.”
“Teamwork was the key in developing the guide,” Forman added. “By utilizing the resources and knowledge from our team, we were able to help nurses provide critical care to our youngest patients.”
The handbook was developed by the Mercy pharmacy team: Rachel Bankston, Adam Buersmeyer, Kelly Burch, Kristie Gormley and Jason Redwine, plus Polly Claborn, clinic education specialist.