One Facility at a Time
In working together we believe we can eradicate medication errors, even if it takes doing this one healthcare facility at a time. By setting standards by which we will approve a healthcare facility and then encouraging them by first doing an EJF audit, and then providing the education necessary so that ultimately an EJF awards event can be held at that facility with great publicity and fanfare, together we will achieve our mission. Below is a description of what is entailed for a healthcare facility when entering into a EJF Medication Safety Awards Program.
Meeting EJF’s Standards
The first step is to schedule an EJF audit. This entails having an EJF representative visit your facility and review the requirements while inspecting your medication processes, systems and protocols. We then will work on putting a plan together outlining how to achieve adherence to these standards in an on-going and systematic manner. While EJF’s standards are high, they can be easily met; and once they are, we have several ways your healthcare facility will be recognized by the Emily Jerry Foundation, which can be used to assure patient safety in your marketing materials, advertising and promotions to your community.
1) Awards – Chris Jerry can personally visit your facility, hand out Guardian Angel pins, and award your facility with the Foundation’s prestigious “EJF Standard Met for Medication Safety” plaque.
2) News Release – The Foundation will publish and distribute a news release to be picked up by the news media. Your marketing department would be consulted with so that this news release can be coordinated with your other marketing efforts.
3) Speaking – Chris Jerry can also participate with your gatherings, events or conferences, to discuss how the standards were met, what efforts are being made or what rules (or best practices) are in place to meet these standards, and to discuss additional initiatives by the Foundation in working with your organization to assure patient medication safety for everyone.
4) On-going Support– Once your facility has met a level of the EJF medication safety standards, the Foundation will continue to work with your facility, its administrators, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, to keep your standards up to date with continued improvements, information and developments in the field of patient safety.
We understand that not all states have legislation that insists on pharmacy technician certification before being allowed to work at a healthcare facility. We realize that not all hospitals or clinics necessarily need to have their medication compounded into IV bags, and so don’t necessarily have a need for compounding equipment. The Emily Jerry Foundation understands that “one glove does not fit every hand”, so each facility’s acceptance of our standards will be considered on an individual, case by case basis. Contact us to start the conversation about how your healthcare facility can gain our assured patient medication safety seal of approval and awards.