Though you may not always see us during your visit to the hospital, rest assured that the Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital pharmacy is diligently at work to ensure that your visit is a safe one.
A part-time registered pharmacist and the nursing staff work closely with physicians to ensure medication is provided safely and drug interactions are avoided.
The Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital staff review any maintenance medications and non-prescription drugs you are currently taking and research drug-interaction to ensure your safety. When warranted, the Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital pharmacist works with your retail pharmacy to double-check all prescriptions and doses. You can help ensure medication safety by bringing a list (or the actual medications) of all of the prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking with you to the hospital.
In addition to patient safety, the Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital pharmacist works with the medical staff to stay abreast of new drugs and therapies that can benefit our patients, which includes managing the formulary, tracking and analyzing adverse drug reactions, performing medication use evaluations, and serving as a resource for drug information.
At the root of all of these tasks lies one common theme: improving patient outcome.
In other words, we combine all of our knowledge and skills with that of your physicians, nurses, therapists and everyone else on the Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital team to ensure that you get the most effective care possible.