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Laura Paxton

Laura Paxton
After years spent in sales, marketing, and strategy at Fortune 50 companies, I had the opportunity to create a company that reflected our values. Throughout the years we have developed highly configurable software to place formulary, patient safety, and healthcare worker safety (USP 800) information at the point of care. We believe that when we develop software in cooperation with our clients we arrive at the best and most consultative solutions to improve patient safety, medication safety, and employee safety.
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6 Factors For Identifying Hazardous Drugs in Your Organization

Posted by Laura Paxton on Sep 23, 2022 9:35:42 AM

USP <800> requires healthcare organizations to document and communicate safety guidelines for hazardous drugs from the NIOSH hazardous drugs list. While this list is helpful, it is not comprehensive. Not only is the most current list more than two years old, but the FDA also approves hundreds of new drugs that could fall into the hazardous category each year. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

USP <800> Wrap-Up: Policies and Procedures for Healthcare Worker Safety

Posted by Laura Paxton on Aug 26, 2022 12:39:15 PM

Did you know that at least one hazardous drug policy or process made the Top Five USP <800> requirements being reviewed by State Boards of Pharmacy, Accreditors, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid1?

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Are Safety Data Sheets Up-to-Date, Available AND Being Used?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jul 26, 2022 10:32:57 AM

You can bet that the Joint Commission will be checking. We understand that locating, storing and communicating the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is a laborious job. What if SDS were located on a central platform and, wait for it … were automatically available? It’s possible. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

Revisiting 'Should, Shall and Must'

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jul 7, 2022 10:09:48 AM

Spelling Out These Legal Terms in Hazardous Drugs Regulations

We're revisiting this blog first published in January 2021 because the terms 'should, shall, must' continue to cause confusion when trying to comply with FDA, OSHA, and USP <800> regulations. Are you one of many healthcare workers still searching for clear definitions of these tricky terms? We're here to help!

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

USP <800> Documentation Requirements: What You Need to Know

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jun 29, 2022 8:37:13 AM

Are hazardous drug protocols documented and accessible in your facility? Seems like a no-brainer, especially considering all of the other potential upgrades and changes your facility may have to undertake to comply with USP <800>. But it’s among the most important pieces of the regulation because what good are policies if the healthcare workers they’re designed to protect do not know about them?

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

Up Close: Joint Commission Requirements for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jun 2, 2022 12:37:33 PM

We’re continuing to expand on the content from our most popular blog in 2021 - “From Our Customers: The Top 8 Questions To Expect In Joint Commission Inspections.” This time we’ll explain antimicrobial stewardship and how to prepare for the Joint Commission inspectors.  

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

Does Your LASA List Meet Inspection Requirements?

Posted by Laura Paxton on May 10, 2022 10:23:37 AM

The popularity of our most-read blog from 2021 -From Our Customers: The Top 8 Questions To Expect In Joint Commission Inspections- indicates that hospitals and healthcare systems continue to hustle to ensure all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before a visit from Joint Commission, accreditation or state board of pharmacy inspectors. 

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

Do You Have A High Alert List And Can Users Easily Access It?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Apr 12, 2022 9:57:01 AM

The popularity of our most-read blog from 2021 - “From Our Customers: The Top 8 Questions To Expect In Joint Commission Inspections” - indicates that hospitals and healthcare systems continue to hustle to ensure all i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before a visit from Joint Commission, accreditation or state board of pharmacy inspectors. 

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

Formweb “Revolutionizes” Formulary for Duke University Hospital

Posted by Laura Paxton on Apr 1, 2022 12:48:54 PM

Like many hospitals and healthcare systems, Duke University Hospital’s online formulary consisted of a spreadsheet housed on the intranet. The spreadsheet only listed medications that were considered formulary, and there was no information provided concerning associated restrictions, policies, or guidelines. This information was not readily available or easily retrievable for nurses and other staff members. 

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Topics: Policy, Formweb, Formulary

“If I leave, you’re sunk,” warns Designated Person

Posted by Laura Paxton on Feb 24, 2022 11:51:14 AM

Have you ever laid in bed at night and wondered “What will we do if our Designated Person leaves?” If this possibility hasn’t crossed your mind, it should. 

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Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

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