6 Steps to Take When Rolling Out Your Pharmaceutical Waste Management Program

healthcare_hospital_pharmacy-thumb_Here are the steps you need to take to build out a thorough and successful pharmaceutical waste management program. For more details on what to do during the meetings and phases outlined below, download this guide here.

Here are the steps:

  1. Develop a Pharmaceutical Waste Program Order of Operations
    • Pre Rollout Planning
    • Hold Initial Group (EH+S, Pharmacy, Nursing, EVS) - Committee Kickoff Meeting
    • Confirm group's consensus for program plan

  2. Fact Finding Phase
    • Obtain and characterize formulary (NDC #, Brand Name, Generic Name, Form) in Excel
    • Review non-formulary items if any 
    • Determine optimal collection method, number of buckets, generator status, etc.
    •  Determine Training route of operation / strategy with (nursing, pharmacy, EVS) and determine "Go Live" date for optimized program
    • Review reverse distribution documentation

  3. Operational Phase
    • SAA walkthrough and optimization
    • Create final SAA list, labels, signage, etc.
    • Develop policy and procedure's
    • Develop training module and net learning module / competency quiz
    • Conduct review and finalization of all labels, signage, policy and procedure, SAA list eview, etc.

  4. Training and Education Phase
    • Work with nursing, environmental service and pharmacy to identify training schedule, training locations, times, dates, projector, screen, site specific sign in sheets, etc.
    • Setup "super user" training with applicable personnel: nurse managers, nursing education, EVS director, Pharmacy director, EH+S, etc.
    • Perform trainings
    • Identify Program Review timeline 
    • Build final program packet and deliver to pharmacy, nursing, etc.

  5. Go Live
  6. Final Meeting
    • Hold post rollout meeting to identify any modifications

To develop your own pharmaceutical waste management program, download this 3-step guide in the link below.

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