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Pharmacy saves nursing hundreds of hours of documentation time by right-sizing controlled substances

The Truman Medical Center cut excessive wastage of controlled substances like fentanyl by optimizing drug sizes to better meet hospital needs. The research identified that more than 60% of fentanyl orders were for 50-microgram doses, which led to significant wastage when using the 100-microgram vials. Switching to readily-available prefilled syringes for the correct dosage led to reduced wastage, decreased discrepancies, and saved significant nursing and pharmacy time. The findings suggest other hospitals could reduce waste and costs by analyzing their medicine use and adjusting accordingly.

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