Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Providing vaccinations and ensuring immunization to preventable diseases can help to reduce preventable hospitalizations and lower healthcare expenditures. The Atlanta Veterans Affairs currently does not have an efficient vaccination ordering system available to healthcare providers. The objective of this project is to improve the attention given to adult immunizations and streamline the process of ordering the appropriate vaccines. To accomplish this, a computerized order template with evidence-based recommendations will be created and implemented. Incorporating vaccine order sets with specific vaccine recommendations and dosing schedules may increase provider productivity and ensure proper health maintenance for the patients in various practice settings.
Methods: The pharmacy resident will conduct extensive literature review and incorporate the most relevant vaccine recommendations to implement in the vaccine ordering template based on current data provided through expert opinion, meta-analyses, package inserts, current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, and current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. Information will include but will not be limited to: age recommendations, recommendations based upon co-morbid conditions, dosing schedules, and contraindications for use. The vaccine recommendations and information will be incorporated into the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and provided through an in-clinic order set. To ensure effective incorporation, the pharmacy resident will consult with various physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and information technology specialists. Upon review by several departments, the order template will be submitted to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee for final approval. An in-service to the medical center staff will be provided at the completion of this project to increase awareness of its availability and ensure proper use. Once implemented, pharmacy will be responsible for updating the order set periodically based on any new evidence published. Further, an anonymous physician satisfactory survey will be sent and reviewed regarding usefulness of the order template and to incorporate any additional feedback for improvement.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Jeremy Bennett– Student, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Tucker, GA