Recording Immunizations and Other Injections in the Electronic Health Record
Pharmacists are reminded that the Standards for the Safe and Effective Administration of Drug Therapy by Injection or Inhalation require pharmacists to record administration of injections in the provincial electronic health record.
Recently, in a memo sent to all pharmacists offering influenza vaccination, the Department of Health and Community Services communicated specific expectations for documentation of immunizations in the provincial electronic health record. Pharmacists are advised to contact the Service Desk at NLCHI if they have any questions about how to properly record the administration of the influenza vaccine, other vaccines, or other non-vaccine injections in the Pharmacy Network.
Photos of Prescriptions are Not Enough
The NLPB is aware that mobile apps allowing an individual to forward an image of their prescription to a pharmacy in advance of picking up their medication are currently available. We would like to advise our registrants that these images are not equivalent to an original prescription and should not be used to prepare prescriptions in advance of receiving the original copy.
If an individual uses an app, text, or email to provide the pharmacy with a copy of a prescription, pharmacy team members may check their inventory to see if stock is available or offer an estimation on cost, but should not prepare the prescription before receiving the original, as this increases the risk of error and the possibility of creating inaccurate or duplicate records.
Did you know? – Compounding FAQ
Did you know that NLPB has an extensive list of Compounding FAQs on our Frequently-Asked Questions about Pharmacy Practice page?
- Can I continue to compound preparations that are assessed to be a higher level than my facility (for example, a Level B or C compound in a Level A space) until the final implementation deadline?
That depends – can you safely make a high-quality compound? The high-level principle is that once you know better, the expectation is that you do better. If through the risk assessment process you determine that an ingredient in a compound poses a health risk to pharmacy staff, then you need to be able to mitigate that risk in order to continue compounding. Similarly, if you determine that you do not have the necessary information, equipment, or supplies to properly compound a given preparation, then the expectation is that you refer the patient to a pharmacy that has the capability to make a high-quality product. It is never okay to knowingly put patients or pharmacy personnel at risk.
For more FAQs related to Compounding and other Pharmacy Practice topics, visit the Frequently Asked Questions about Pharmacy Practice page of the website.
NLPB Staff Member Change
NLPB is pleased to announce that R.J. White has moved from part-time Practice Site Assessor (Community) to full-time Practice Consultant / Practice Site Assessor. In this position, in addition to conducting assessments of community pharmacies, R.J. is assisting with addressing practice questions from pharmacy professionals throughout the province and participating in other NLPB quality assurance and pharmacy practice initiatives. R.J. can be reached at email@example.com or (709)753-5877, ext 108.
Statistic Canada Research – Impacts of COVID-19 on health care workers
Statistics Canada is now administering a short crowdsourced questionnaire on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Health Care Workers: Infection Prevention and Control. This initiative is a collaboration between Statistics Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Their objective is to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian health care workers, with a particular focus on access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in the workplace. The information collected will help to inform the delivery of health care services, and to better understand what health care workers need in terms of equipment, training, and support.
The online questionnaire is accessible from November 24 to December 13, 2020. To participate, visit: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/COVID-questionnaire-IPC
For general enquiries and technical assistance, contact Statistics Canada, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 1-877-949-9492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the survey, visit https://www.statcan.gc.ca/COVID-IPC.
Opioid Dependence Treatment Centre of Excellence- Project ECHO NL
Project ECHO NL: Opioid Use Disorder is a virtual community advancing care and treatment for opioid use disorder in Newfoundland and Labrador. This project offers free, virtual learning sessions using an interactive, web-based platform (Zoom) to link health care providers with a consistent, core interdisciplinary team of mentors with expertise in managing substance use care. The primary audience is prescribers (family physicians and nurse practitioners) and pharmacists.
Session 2: Caring for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder in the Primary Care Setting (Introductory)
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 pm NST
Speaker: Dr. Jody Woolfrey, Senior Staff Physician, Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre, Central Health
Session 3: Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am NST
To register for either session, please email Chelsea.Hynes@easternhealth.ca.
- Registrant Contact Information – Registrants are responsible for ensuring that the contact information on their registrant profile, including email address and practice site, is accurate at all times. The NLPB primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, practice site assessment information, professional development audit information, calls for interest for committees, and other alerts. If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed and/or disclosed to the wrong person. If your contact information changes, please log into the NLPB Registrant Login to update your file with your new contact information as soon as you can.
- Forgot Your Password? – You can retrieve your NLPB Online Registrant Portal password at any time. Under the Login box, click the message that says, “Forgot your password? Click here to restore it.” On the next screen, enter your NLPB username, if you know it, or your email address. Click “Retrieve.” In a few minutes, you will receive an email with your username and password. Once you are logged into your profile, you can change your password.
- Receipts & Invoices – NLPB’s Registrant Portal maintains all receipts created by the system. If, for any reason, you need a receipt or to view an invoice, you can do so from your registrant profile. Once logged in, click on “Renewal Other/Invoices” and then select either “view invoice” or “print invoice” next to the one you are interested in.
This e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance the practice of pharmacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As it is published and circulated to all registrants on a monthly basis, it is the expectation of NLPB that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein.