April 15

In this issue:

Critical Drug Shortage:  Dexamethasone Injection

Medical Record Forms Updated to Include Date/Time

Three Additional Beds on 3 West

Central Inpatient Pharmacy Renovation and Move

Critical Drug Shortage

All dexamethasone injection strengths/sizes are in short supply.

Specifically, Dexamethasone injection 4 mg/mL;  1 mL and 5 mL vials:    These item is in short supply and we will exhaust our supply of the 4 mg/mL; 5 mL (20 mg) vials within a few days.

Dexamethasone injection 10 mg/mL; 1 ml preservative free vials:  This item is in short supply.  We have a small supply.  It is typically only used in OR and Spine & Pain.

Please select alternative Injectable steroids where possible.



Maryann Oertel, PharmD, BCPS


Medical record forms updated to include date/time
Medical Information Management (MIM), with the help of Printing and the Clinical Documentation Committee, has begun to systematically update all of our medical record forms to comply with a Joint Commission standard to include date & time in all of our signature lines on paper based forms.

Two high volumes forms for surgery patients have been updated by Printing recently: the “Informed Consent for Procedure” and the “Brief Operative Note.” Requests made to printing for medical records forms will be reviewed for compliance with this standard before completion. The only change to note on these forms is the addition of a “Time” requirement in the signature line.

In the two mock surveys conducted recently at UNC Health Care, the lack of a time requirement in some paper forms was highlighted. This process applies almost exclusively to paper based forms and charting, as our electronic signatures already include a date and time stamp.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emil Usinger (eusinger@unch.unc.edu), MIM Systems Manager at 966-2522.


Three additional beds on 3 West
Effective Monday, April 11, 3 West opened three additional beds. These are semi-private rooms that were used primarily as private beds to enhance patient satisfaction. However, we are experiencing very high census and need to open these beds to support patient care. Tube stations, phone/fax numbers and physical location are unchanged. Overall hospital licensed beds increase from 780 to 783.


Central Inpatient Pharmacy Renovation and Move
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, the Central Inpatient Pharmacy (CIP) will begin to move into its temporary location - the “old” Memorial Central Outpatient Pharmacy (COP), located in the Memorial Hospital lobby, to allow for renovation of the existing CIP space. The special formulations area will temporarily relocate to the 2 Anderson pharmacy satellite (across from SICU).

The CIP to COP move will occur overnight to minimize the impact on patient care and workflow. We anticipate completing the move by early morning on Thursday, April 28.

The CIP temporary space is equipped with one tube station (station #99). Due to limited tubing capacity, the CIP will begin (on Monday, April 11, in preparation for our move) tubing missing doses and STAT medications ONLY, and increase our delivery schedule to hourly (from 0700-0000) and every two hours (from 0000-0700) and as needed to ensure timely delivery and availability of all other medications.

The CIP temporary space, in the Memorial Hospital lobby, has a window for medication pick-up, etc.

The phone numbers, listed below, for all Central Inpatient Pharmacy areas will remain the same.

Area                                        Phone Number

  • Controlled Substances         966-8762
  • Sterile Products                   966-4342
  • Central Inpatient Pharmacy  966-8761 / 966-2376 / 966-2073 / 966-8965
  • Special Formulations             966-8763

The CIP anticipates being in its temporary location for approximately 1 year. Thank you for your patience and support during our renovation process. Please contact Catherine Sampey, PharmD, with any questions regarding the CIP temporary move and renovation process (843-4199 or csampey@unch.unc.edu.)