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Pharmacists Contribute to Success of Bayhealth Pain Management Program


11.06.2012

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Jessica Taylor, PharmD, and Arthur Aduma, PharmD, were recognized with Bayhealth’s PACE (Pharmacists Achieving Clinical Excellence) Award to honor their dedication to the pain management program at Bayhealth, in addition to their outstanding clinical and patient skills.

“Taylor’s and Aduma’s collaborative efforts have made the pain management program the valued resource it is today for our institution and our patients. They have led the way for development of pain management training for Bayhealth employees and created a training manual for pharmacists,” said Bayhealth Pharmacy Director Alex Zarow, RPh.

Taylor recently became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and serves as a preceptor for Bayhealth pharmacy residents and students, as well as working closely with clinical staff at Kent General. Recently, Taylor collaborated with nursing staff to transition an ICU patient from IV feeding to tube feeding, thus reducing treatment cost and overall medical risk to the patient.

A background as a physician assistant gives Aduma a unique perspective into pain management. Having built a strong rapport with physicians and nurses, he is often requested by name through the pain management consult service that he established. Of recent note, Aduma teamed up with an oncologist to design a regimen for a chemotherapy patient. The patient’s pain subsequently dropped from 10/10 to 2/10 on the pain scale.

Bayhealth Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive Bonnie Perratto, RN, praised Taylor and Aduma at the PACE Award ceremony: “The work you do for pain management is an essential part of patient care here at Bayhealth. You are a critical asset to us and to our patients, every day.”

Presented annually during National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, Bayhealth’s PACE Award recognizes pharmacists who go above and beyond the normal requirements of their positions. It has been given at Kent General and Milford Memorial Hospitals since 2009.



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