Area(s) of expertise: Pharmacy Performance Improvement
Summary of expertise:
Hospital accreditation helps ensure quality patient care, of course. But it can also help hospitals and their pharmacies cut costs by reducing waste and increasing efficiency. Lee Murdaugh understands this well, and is among Cardinal Health’s most seasoned experts on the subject. After all, Murdaugh has literally helped to “write the books” on the most widely used medication-related accreditation standards.
In her 27-plus years in healthcare, Murdaugh has helped more than 1,000 hospitals prepare for accreditation surveys. As director of accreditation and medication safety for Cardinal Health’s Pharmacy Solutions business, Murdaugh leverages her rich expertise to provide hospitals with:
Accreditation preparedness and medication safety assessments
Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) and root cause analysis (RCA) workshops that help hospitals to identify and remedy vulnerabilities in their existing processes and procedures before they result in adverse events
Beyond traditional accreditation, Murdaugh also helps hospital leaders understand the impact many of their seemingly routine processes – like hazardous drug preparation and medication waste disposal – have on the environment and public health. With increased local, state and federal pressure, this has emerged as a key focus for many of the healthcare organizations with which Murdaugh works.
Murdaugh is the author of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Competence Assessment Tools for Health-System Pharmacies. She also is co-author of Assuring Continuous Compliance with Joint Commission Standards: A Pharmacy Guide. She also has been published in a variety of professional journals and is a frequent speaker to national and state pharmacy professional organizations on accreditation, regulatory compliance, medication safety, competence assessment and other related topics.
Since joining Cardinal Health in 1997, Murdaugh has served as an interim resources manager, medication safety manager and operations director. Murdaugh earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a doctorate in drug and materials toxicology from the University of Tennessee.
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