DeGraff Pharmacy Receives Award

Updated: 6/18/2013
L to R: Karen Harms, pharmacist; Gloria Ouang-Bonilla, pharmacist; Kevin Mills, clinical pharmacy coordinator; Denise Czyrny, RN; and Kenneth Garbarino, MD, Geriatric Center of Western New York

DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s Pharmacy Department was recognized nationally by the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) for their Anticoagulation Monitoring Clinic.

As a pilot program, the Anticoagulation Monitoring Clinic partnered the pharmacy and nursing staff with patients of the Geriatric Center of Western New York under the direction of Kenneth Garbarino, MD, to oversee all Warfarin monitoring and dose adjustments utilizing an established protocol. Last month, DeGraff's Pharmacy Department received the Transformation Award for its quick adoption of the protocol as well as its significant growth within its initial year.

“Our point of care clinic provides better care for older adults on Warfarin. Data shows that our patients stay within their therapeutic range, reducing the risk for adverse events,” said Kevin Mills, clinical pharmacy coordinator.

The finger stick process only takes about 15 minutes for dosage results. The pharmacists have extensive background in anticoagulation management, and can provide direct follow-up instruction for each lab (INR) result and Warafin dose adjustment. Because blood thinners are often affected by medications and diet, managing their complexity through brief, frequent visits leads to positive results for patients.