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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

August 08, 2019

HAP Achievement Award

Pharmacists play a significant and critical role in providing Pennsylvanians with consistently exceptional care. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is making award-winning progress with their pharmacy initiatives.

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital was awarded HAP’s 2019 In Safe Hands award with its Pharmacist-driven Vancomycin Monitoring Initiative.

The goal is to implement pharmacist-driven monitoring and dosage recommendations to reduce the number of patients experiencing toxicity in the kidneys resulting from the administration of the antibiotic vancomycin.

The rollout of this pharmacist-driven initiative included:

  • In-service education to all pharmacists about vancomycin therapy dosing and monitoring
  • Updates to the hospital-wide empiric dosing protocol
  • Dedication of time for the monitoring process as part of the daily pharmacist workflow and schedule
  • On-going clinical support for pharmacists

The results included data that suggest an encouraging downward trend in kidney toxicity after instituting the monitoring initiative. Specifically:

  • An increase in the percentage of patients who had vancomycin levels monitored
  • A significant rise in the percentage of patients reaching target vancomycin levels (16 percent pre-monitoring compared to 60.3 percent post)
  • A reduction in the percentage of patients showing increased kidney toxicity (11 percent pre-monitoring compared to 5.6 percent post)

HAP's Andy Carter and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital at Achievement Awards ceremony

Congratulations to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for reducing the rate of kidney toxicity in patients and for winning a 2019 HAP Achievement Award. Learn more about this effort as well as other 2019 award-winning programs at HAP’s website.

Questions about the HAP Achievement Awards may be directed to HAP Member Services at (717) 561-5359.

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