Pharmacists role in the Acute Clinical Setting

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I have been a nurse for 25 years and during that time the amount of medication that has become available is beyond the expectations that a nurse could be familiar enough wiht all of the potential side effects and synergistic complications. Therefore, it has become critical that the Pharmacists be involved directly in the day to day education of both the patients and the nursing staff. The Pharmacists in our facility are on the floor everyday communicating with Physicians and Staff. This has served to be a key factor in providing safe and effective medication for the patients. We have meetings once a week and go over the plan of care for all patients and the Pharmacists are present at this meeting and more than once have been able to pick up on symptoms that are being discussed and identify them as possible medication related issues.
This model has worked benficially for our hospital and I believe has saved lives.

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