The pharmacies of the TEMS region have STOPPED opening Red (Drug) Boxes to confirm the inventory with the providers at the window. This is an effort to standardize the box exchange across the system and to reduce the turnaround time for the field providers.
Each time the box is opened has to be re-checked and documentation of the medication has to be made in a log book and has to have a pharmacist to re-check and document before reclosing.
By removing this step in the process will allow for faster turnaround times for the crews that need to exchange out med boxes.
As always, please remind your crew to account for all the meds and to ensure the boxes have been cleaned and all hazards have been removed from the boxes before the exchange.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
EMS Regional Field Coordinator
Tidewater EMS Council