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New version of MedActionPlan[TM] now available free for transplant centers.

The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) recently announced the launch of MedActionPlan version 4.0, a powerful, Internet-based tool that allows healthcare providers to create personalized and accurate medication schedules for transplant patients. ITNS is making this useful resource available to transplant centers nationwide free of charge through a grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Wyeth that has leading products in the areas of transplantation, women's healthcare, infectious diseases, gastrointestinal health, central nervous system, inflammation, hemophilia, oncology, vaccines, and nutritional products.

"ITNS is committed to the promotion of excellence in transplant clinical nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities," said Beth Kassalen, executive director of ITNS. "Providing MedActionPlan 4.0 to all transplant centers free of charge helps reduce the burden of our colleagues and the transplant community as a whole. This new version of MedActionPlan increases functionality, while decreasing time spent on writing out individual treatment plans, creating a more efficient transplant center."

The current version of MedActionPlan (accessible at is free for transplant centers, easy to learn, and is being used by over 50% of the of the organ transplant facilities in the United States. The new MedActionPlan 4.0 includes My Daily Schedule[TM], a Weekly Fled Checklist, a Health Tracker and an Appointment Calendar, all assisting patients and healthcare providers with keeping transplant patients on track with their medications. Aside from improved functionality and a more efficient interface for the transplant coordinator, materials can be printed in either English or Spanish. Usage of MedActionPlan by transplant centers has helped to:

* improve patient medication adherence, reduce errors, and eliminate repetitive tasks;

* increase patient understanding while empowering them to take action in pursuit of established health goals;

* facilitate communication between healthcare providers and patients, as well as among other healthcare providers; and

* assist in meeting national patient safety standards.

"Centers using MedActionPlan create clear schedules, complete with instructions, visuals, and easy to understand charts in under 15 minutes per patient. For transplant centers who are creating the schedules by hand, it takes approximately 45 minutes to handwrite just one patient's treatment plan and then patients don't understand them," says Pamela R. Maxwell, Pharm.D., clinical manager, The Transplant Center, University Health System, San Antonio, TX. "MedActionPlan 4.0 allows us to spend less time reteaching patients about their medications, as everything is clearly stated with visuals to accompany each medication."

Two-thirds of all Americans fail to take any or all of their prescription medicines. Poor medication adherence can cost an extra $2,000 a year per patient in extra doctor visits alone. "One reason for poor medication adherence is that patients are confused by the different papers bearing drug information, various warning stickers, and instructions worded differently on each label," notes Rosemary P. Cross, PharmD, BCPS, transplant clinical pharmacist, Piedmont Hospital--Transplant Services, Atlanta, GA. "The greatest impact of MedActionPlan is with patients who otherwise might have difficulty adhering to a post-transplant regimen."

Through a grant to the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS), Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has helped make this tool available to transplant centers all over the country. This tool is endorsed by ITNS and by NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals.

Judy A. Rollins, PhD, RN
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Title Annotation:Items of Interest; International Transplant Nurses Society
Author:Rollins, Judy A.
Publication:Pediatric Nursing
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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