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Pharmacist emergency department

Dhara Shah, Shannon Manzi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the frequency, type, and potential severity of errors intercepted by pharmacists on review of discharge prescriptions in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational study conducted in the ED of a pediatric teaching hospital. A daily report of prescriptions from the previous day was reviewed by a pharmacist for safety and efficacy. If an intervention was deemed necessary, the prescriber was contacted for clarification...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Alison M DaCosta, Courtney B Sweet, Lisa R Garavaglia, Francis L Casey, Jeffrey D Lancaster
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study investigated the feasibility and effect on health care utilization of medically complex children participating in a pharmacist-led model for care coordination. Quality of life and satisfaction with care were secondarily assessed for each patient. METHODS: Four medically complex children were enrolled and contacted by the pharmacist weekly for 5 consecutive months. Time for each encounter with a patient was collected. Each patient's hospital admissions, days of stay, emergency department visits, and clinic visits were recorded...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
Louise E Curley, Janice Moody, Rukshar Gobarani, Trudi Aspden, Maree Jensen, Maureen McDonald, John Shaw, Janie Sheridan
BACKGROUND: Worldwide the demands on emergency and primary health care services are increasing. General practitioners and accident and emergency departments are often used unnecessarily for the treatment of minor ailments. Community pharmacy is often the first port of call for patients in the provision of advice on minor ailments, advising the patient on treatment or referring the patient to an appropriate health professional when necessary. The potential for community pharmacists to act as providers of triage services has started to be recognised, and community pharmacy triage services (CPTS) are emerging in a number of countries...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
Thomas J Fitzgerald, Yoonjae Kang, Carolyn B Bridges, Todd Talbert, Sara J Vagi, Brock Lamont, Samuel B Graitcer
BACKGROUND: During an influenza pandemic, to achieve early and rapid vaccination coverage and maximize the benefit of an immunization campaign, partnerships between public health agencies and vaccine providers are essential. Immunizing pharmacists represent an important group for expanding access to pandemic vaccination. However, little is known about nationwide coordination between public health programs and pharmacies for pandemic vaccine response planning. METHODS: To assess relationships and planning activities between public health programs and pharmacies, we analyzed data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessments of jurisdictions that received immunization and emergency preparedness funding from 2012 to 2015...
September 26, 2016: Vaccine
S Zhou, X Y Sheng, Q Xiang, Z N Wang, Y Zhou, Y M Cui
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Anticoagulation management services are well known to improve the quality of patient care and to reduce the rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits following adverse events related to anticoagulation therapy. The complexity of managing warfarin has led to the development of a variety of specialized models managed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and self-managed care. The aim of the study is to compare the effectiveness of pharmacist-managed anticoagulation control of warfarin with other models...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Gary R Matzke, Michael J Czar, William T Lee, Leticia R Moczygemba, L David Harlow
PURPOSE: The design elements of the Improving Health of At-Risk Rural Patients (IHARP) care model are described. SUMMARY: The IHARP project evaluated the clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes associated with the collaborative care model relative to usual care in the community. The care model was initiated in 22 level 3- certified patient-centered medical homes. The primary outcomes are the absolute change in all relevant clinical and laboratory values of patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes within and between the intervention and comparator groups; the change in the absolute number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations; and the change in the cost of care among the Medicare and Medicaid intervention patients...
September 19, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Allyson Hunt, Steven Nakajima, Lisa Hall Zimmerman, Manav Patel
BACKGROUND: Delay in appropriate antibiotic therapy is associated with an increase in mortality and prolonged length of stay. Automatic dispensing machines decrease the delivery time of intravenous (IV) antibiotics to patients in the emergency department (ED). However, when IV antibiotics are not reviewed by pharmacists before being administered, patients are at risk for receiving inappropriate antibiotic therapy. The objective of this study was to determine if a difference exists in the time to administration of appropriate antibiotic therapy before and after implementation of prospective verification of antibiotics in the ED...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jordan D Haag, Amanda Z Davis, Robert W Hoel, Jeffrey J Armon, Laura J Odell, Ross A Dierkhising, Paul Y Takahashi
BACKGROUND: The optimization of medication use during care transitions represents an opportunity to improve overall health-related outcomes. The utilization of clinical pharmacists during care transitions has demonstrated benefit, although the optimal method of integration during the care transition process remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of pharmacist-provided telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) on care quality in a care transitions program (CTP) for high-risk older adults...
July 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
Joseph Trang, Amanda Martinez, Sadaf Aslam, Minh-Tri Duong
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of literature on a well-defined role of a pharmacist in different aspects of transition of care service (TCS). Although health care institutions have specific details on the discharge process, there is a need for a sustainable TCS with a well-defined role of pharmacists. OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of a pharmacist-led TCS on acute health care utilization, clinic quality indicators, and identification and resolution of medication-related problems (MRPs)...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Lluís Campins, Mateu Serra-Prat, Inés Gózalo, David López, Elisabet Palomera, Clara Agustí, Mateu Cabré
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is frequent in the elderly population and is associated with potentially drug inappropriateness and drug-related problems. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of a medication evaluation programme for community-dwelling polymedicated elderly people. DESIGN: Randomized, open-label, multicentre, parallel-arm clinical trial with 1-year follow-up. SETTING: Primary care centres. PARTICIPANTS: Polymedicated (≥8 drugs) elderly people (≥70 years)...
September 7, 2016: Family Practice
Julianna Van Enk, Heather Townsend, Jessica Thompson
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September 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
M Schuers, M Timsit, A Gillibert, A Fred, N Griffon, J Bénichou, S J Darmoni, P Staccini
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the impact of the pharmaceutical patient record use in emergency, geriatric and anaesthesia and intensive care departments, an experimentation was launched in 2013 in 55 hospitals. The purpose of the study was to assess the opinions of physicians and pharmacists about the benefits and usability of the patient pharmaceutical record. METHODS: An e-mailed self-administered questionnaire was sent to all the pharmacists, anaesthesiologists, geriatricians and emergency physicians of the 55 hospitals involved in the patient pharmaceutical record experimentation...
September 2016: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
Mattia Altini, Marna Bernabini, Paolo Marchetti, Laura Orlando, Barbara Rebesco, Valeria Sirna
PURPOSE: Medication errors in oncology may cause severe damage to patients, professionals, and the environment. The Italian Ministry of Health issued Raccomandazione 14 to provide guidelines for prevention of errors while using antineoplastic drugs. This work aimed at analyzing Raccomandazione 14 through the different viewpoints of the hospital pharmacist, the nurse, the oncologist, and the hospital director. METHODS: Twenty-seven Italian healthcare organizations participated in a self-assessment survey evaluating compliance with Raccomandazione 14 within the oncology, hematology, and pharmacy departments...
August 29, 2016: Tumori
V Khalil, J M deClifford, S Lam, A Subramaniam
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Medication errors on admission can persist throughout the episode of care and on to discharge leading to inappropriate management that can compromise patients' care. The aim of the study was to develop, implement and evaluate the role of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation and charting service for patients admitted to an Acute Assessment and Admission Unit via the Emergency Department in an electronic medication management environment at a metropolitan Australian hospital...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Rosario Santolaya-Perrín, Gregorio Jiménez-Díaz, Nuria Galán-Ramos, María Teresa Moreno Carvajal, Juan Manuel Rodríguez-Camacho, Jesús Francisco Sierra-Sánchez, Juan Arévalo-Serrano, Beatriz Calderón-Hernanz
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of potentially inadequate drug prescriptions in elderly patients who attend the Emergency Department. DESIGN: A multicentre randomized clinical trial. Patients over 65 years of age attending the Emergency Department are randomized to the control arm or the intervention arm. In the intervention arm, the pharmacist will review the chronic medication of patients and identify any potentially inadequate prescriptions, according to the STOPP-START criteria...
September 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
Joshua J Wiegel, Ali J Olyaei
Pharmacists may play a key role on the multidisciplinary transplant team. This article describes the development and current status of pharmacists in the management of transplant recipients in the United States. Traditionally, pharmacists played an important support role in transplant medicine. This role has been expanded to include direct patient care for the avoidance, detection, and/or treatment of side effects from the polypharmacy necessary in the management of these complex patients. Pharmacists provide pre- and post-transplant education to transplant recipients to enhance adherence to complicated medical regimens and thereby reduce readmission to hospital and unscheduled, costly visits to urgent care centers and/or hospital emergency departments...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
David Terry, Konstantinos Petridis, Matt Aiello, Anthony Sinclair, Chi Huynh, Louis Mazard, Hirminder Ubhi, Alex Terry, Elizabeth Hughes
AIM: There have been concerns about maintaining appropriate clinical staff levels in Emergency Departments in England.1 The aim of this study was to determine if Emergency Department attendees aged from 0-16 years could be managed by community pharmacists or hospital independent prescriber pharmacists with or without further advanced clinical practice training. METHOD: A prospective, 48 site, cross-sectional, observational study of patients attending Emergency Departments (ED) in England, UK was conducted...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Tim Tran, Andrew Hardidge, Melodie Heland, Simone E Taylor, Kent Garrett, Elise Mitri, Rohan A Elliott
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Inpatient bed access decreases when ward discharge is delayed. This contributes to prolonged emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) which has been associated with increased hospital LOS and mortality. Delays in preparation of discharge medication prescriptions by ward doctors may contribute to delayed ward discharge. This project aimed to evaluate the effect on patient flow of having a pharmacist collaborate with ward doctors to prepare discharge prescriptions at a hospital with an electronic prescribing system...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Joseph E Tonna, Nicholas J Johnson, John Greenwood, David F Gaieski, Zachary Shinar, Joseph M Bellezo, Lance Becker, Atman P Shah, Scott T Youngquist, Michael P Mallin, James Franklin Fair, Kyle J Gunnerson, Cindy Weng, Stephen McKellar
PURPOSE: To characterize the current scope and practices of centers performing extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) on the undifferentiated patient with cardiac arrest in the emergency department. METHODS: We contacted all US centers in January 2016 that had submitted adult eCPR cases to the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) registry and surveyed them, querying for programs that had performed eCPR in the Emergency Department (ED ECMO)...
October 2016: Resuscitation
Pierre Renaudin, Laurent Boyer, Marie-Anne Esteve, Pierre Bertault-Peres, Pascal Auquier, Stéphane Honore
AIM: The aim of this meta-analysis was to examine the impact of in-hospital pharmacist-led medication reviews in paediatric and adult patients. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified from the Medline and Cochrane Library databases. Studies were included if they met the following criteria (without any language or date restrictions): design: randomized controlled trial; intervention: in-hospital pharmacist-led medication review (experimental group) vs. usual care (control group); participants: paediatric or adult population...
August 11, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
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