Prime Minister of Tasmania – Hospital pharmacies stocks are boosted as part of Tasmania’s reconnection plan

November 13, 2021

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister of Health

Hospital drug stocks in Tasmania have more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.

This is just one of the measures put in place to ensure the health and safety of Tasmanians in preparation for the border reopening on December 15.

Tasmanian hospitals currently hold $ 13.4 million in drugs – an increase from the $ 5.8 million before the pandemic.

For the majority of drugs, this will allow hospitals to continue providing acute care, including keeping state intensive care units operating for two to three months, even if supply chains are disrupted.

As part of the increase in the drug stockpile, two secure back-up facilities have been created, which contain $ 1.2 million in drugs specifically allocated for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

This backup stock is sufficient to treat 280 simultaneous patients, from mild to severe illness, from admission to discharge, and is in addition to the two to three month supply of critical care and hospital drug stocks held by HRT.

Other drug supplies are held with local and interstate wholesalers.

The drug list is reviewed regularly against emerging evidence and national guidelines, and plans are in place to quickly replenish the inventory if necessary.

Tasmania also holds specific COVID-19 treatments such as remdesivir on behalf of the Australian government’s National Medicines Stockpile.

The Tasmanian Health Service is also continuing its free statewide home medication delivery service to support social distancing by allowing patients to receive their usual medications only in hospital without visiting the premises. public hospital.

And Tasmania has deployed the most contemporary statewide implementation of infusion pumps and syringe pumps connected to Wi-Fi SmartPump, which represents a significant leap forward in patient safety.

The THS Pharmacy Project team recently received an Innovation Award for this project from the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

These new smart infusion pumps download medication dosage information via Wi-Fi from a central database that contains a comprehensive library of medications and doses used by HRT.

The SmartPump guides doctors and nurses to safely calculate, prepare and administer intravenous medications.
Over 2014 SmartPumps have been installed across Tasmania’s health service, replacing its fleet of manually programmed intravenous infusion pumps.

These initiatives are an important part of preparing the healthcare system to reconnect Tasmania, which prioritizes the health and safety of Tasmanians.

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