In House Pharmacy

Patient medication orders are filled using the Unit-Dose Drug Distribution System for accurate administration.    The pharmacists provide current drug information, consult with physicians and nurses, assist with dosing calculations, and monitor patients for optimal drug therapy. Our pharmacists assist your physician in monitoring the use of more complicated and critically needed medications, assuring that the dosage regimens take into consideration your individual weight, age and kidney function. We also screen your medication orders for possibly significant drug-drug or drug-food interactions. The pharmacy maintains a formulary of medications designed to maximize therapeutic efficacy, while avoiding unnecessary and costly therapeutic duplication. Furthermore, our hospital pharmacists work closely with your physician to develop protocols and guidelines to insure that the most sophisticated and potentially complicated drug therapies are prescribed and administered in the safest and most appropriate manner.

Ask the Pharmacist

A regular feature of this web page will be the opportunity to ask questions about medications or pharmacy services and get them answered. If you have a question, you may send it to  A pharmacist will respond back to your e-mail address with an answer. We may ask to include your question in the ASK THE PHARMACIST section in the future.

QUESTION: I have read that medical errors are a growing problem. What is Kern Valley Healthcare District doing to make sure mistakes are not made during my hospitalization?

ANSWER: Kern Valley Healthcare District devotes a lot of attention to performance improvement. Each department is responsible for anticipating potential problems and putting necessary procedures in place to make sure the risk or adverse outcomes are reduced to the lowest possible levels.

Last year a national report from the Institute of Medicine warned of the possibilities for adverse drug events (ADE’s) to occur. An ADE can be preventable, such as a medication error, or not preventable, such as an unexpected adverse drug reaction to a medication. At Kern Valley Healthcare District, we are analyzing the occurrence of medication errors (e.g. neglecting to administer a medication at the right time or administering the wrong dosage of a drug) and adverse drug reactions (e.g. allergic reaction to penicillin). As a result of this project, a special team has been formed to create new procedures and to reduce or eliminate factors that contribute to the occurrence of medication errors.