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CareFusion Foundation awards $500,000 in grant funding

The CareFusion Foundation on Wednesday awarded $500,000 in grant funding to 11 U.S. nonprofit health care institutions as part of the foundation's second annual Clinical Excellence Grant Program.

The institutions will receive grants of up to $50,000 based on programs that develop and share best practices in improving medication safety and efficiency.

"The proper management of medications -- from the physician order to the pharmacy to the nursing station to the patient bedside -- is a critical issue for health care institutions nationwide," said Dr. Carlos Nunez, chief medical officer for CareFusion. "Working with these nonprofit partners to develop and share best practices for medication management will advance the field at large and help providers deliver safer, more cost-effective care."

After focusing on infection prevention in its first year, the Clinical Excellence Grant Program this year sought proposals for improving medication safety and efficiency, including reducing medication errors, improving clinician workflow, increasing pharmacy efficiency and driving medication use compliance. Together, through both grant cycles, the CareFusion Foundation has awarded $1 million to advancing health care best practices.

This year's recipients will address inter-departmental and inter-facility communication practices, patient intervention and reminder systems, medication reconciliation processes, and educational programs to improve medication adherence.

Palomar Health in Escondido is among the recipients. It will use the money to reduce harm associated with infusion device alarms through development of best practices for medication storage and administration.

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