9,883 results match your criteria American Journal Of Health-system Pharmacy[Journal]


Report of the ASHP Opioid Task Force.

Authors:
Joseph A Oddis

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 28. Epub 2020 May 28.

Global Headquarters of ASHP Bethesda, MD.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa117DOI Listing

Investigating multiple sources of data for smart infusion pump and electronic health record interoperability.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 28. Epub 2020 May 28.

Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Purpose: Infusion pump data, which describe compliance to dose-error reduction software among other metrics, are retrievable from infusion pump vendor software, electronic health record (EHR) systems, and regional and national data repositories such as the Regenstrief National Center for Medical Device Informatics (REMEDI). Smart infusion pump and EHR interoperability has added to the granularity and complexity of data collected, and clinicians are challenged with efficiently comprehending and interpreting the data and reports available.

Summary: Collaborative partnerships between the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering allowed for clinicians, informaticists, researchers, and engineers to compare the information gained and strengths of using smart infusion pumps, EHR, and REMEDI to assess hospital medication safety in a setting of interoperability. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa115DOI Listing

An integrated approach to career and life fulfillment and planning.

Authors:
Neil J MacKinnon

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 28. Epub 2020 May 28.

James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa124DOI Listing

Carbonation dysgeusia associated with topiramate.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 28. Epub 2020 May 28.

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Springfield, MA.

Purpose: A case of carbonation dysgeusia associated with the use of topiramate is reported in order to bring awareness to a lesser-known adverse effect of the medication so that providers may be able to more effectively counsel patients and provide potential solutions.

Summary: A 39-year-old Caucasian woman with longstanding epilepsy was initiated on topiramate therapy after experiencing a generalized seizure (she reported not taking any antiepileptic medication for years). Topiramate was started at a dosage of 25 mg by mouth twice daily and after 3 weeks titrated to a dosage of 100 mg by mouth twice daily for maintenance therapy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa123DOI Listing

Airway management team for patients with COVID-19: A new role for emergency medicine pharmacists.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 28. Epub 2020 May 28.

Department of Pharmaceutical Care University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa129DOI Listing

Evaluating the effects of a multidisciplinary transition care management program on hospital readmissions.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 7. Epub 2020 May 7.

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN.

Purpose: To measure the effect of a pharmacist-initiated transitions of care (TOC) program on rates of 30-day all-cause readmissions and primary care follow-up.

Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate a pharmacist-initiated TOC program for patients discharged from hospitals of a large health system from September 2015 through July 2016. Discharged patients of 13 primary care physicians (the intervention cohort) received TOC program services, and discharged patients seen by 12 other primary care physicians (the control cohort) received usual care. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa091DOI Listing

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on pharmacy learners and preceptors.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 21. Epub 2020 May 21.

Department of Pharmacy Children's Mercy Kansas City Kansas City, MO.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa127DOI Listing

Innovative approach for sustaining an institutional medication safety committee.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):826-829

Department of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School Saint Vincent Hospital Worcester, MA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa068DOI Listing

Direct-acting oral anticoagulant use at extremes of body weight: Literature review and recommendations.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):865-876

South College School of Pharmacy, Knoxville, TN.

Purpose: To review the literature on treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and prevention of cardioembolic stroke with direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in low- and high-body-weight patients and to make recommendations regarding agent selection and dosing in these patient populations.

Summary: The selection and optimal dosing of DOACs in low- and high-body-weight patients has not yet been fully elucidated by clinical trials; however, evidence suggests that issues of both safety and efficacy in patients at the extremes of body weight may warrant careful consideration when selecting a DOAC for such patients. This review provides a thorough discussion of the use of DOACs in the treatment of VTE and prevention of cardioembolic stroke in patients at the extremes of body weight and provides guidance regarding agent selection. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa059DOI Listing

Vancomycin: The pendulum swings.

Authors:
Marc H Scheetz

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):810-811

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacometrics Center of Excellence Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Downers Grove, IL Department of Pharmacy Northwestern Medicine Chicago, IL.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa076DOI Listing

Pharmacokinetics of linezolid for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in an adult receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):877-881

BCCCP, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA.

Purpose: We present a case of a 55-year-old man post right lung transplantation receiving ECMO for treatment of respiratory failure secondary to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia.

Summary: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a frequently utilized support therapy for patients with cardiac and/or respiratory failure. Dosing of medications during ECMO can be challenging due to several factors, including sequestration of medications within ECMO circuits, alterations in volume of distribution, and changes in drug clearance. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa066DOI Listing

Impact of order entry alerts and modifications on doses of intravenous opioids dispensed during a national drug shortage.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(Supplement_2):S41-S45

Department of Pharmacy, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, and Section of Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Purpose: To address the intravenous (i.v.) opioid shortage, computer-based alerts and modifications were implemented over 2 phases beginning in August 2017 and February 2018, respectively. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa072DOI Listing

Involvement of pharmacist-reviewed urine cultures and sexually transmitted infections in the emergency department reduces time to antimicrobial optimization.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(Supplement_2):S54-S58

Department of Pharmacy, Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Purpose: To streamline workflow of the culture review process in the emergency department (ED), a transition from a nurse-driven to a pharmacist-initiated process was implemented.

Methods: This was a single-center retrospective study conducted at an adult urban level 1 trauma academic medical center. The pharmacist-initiated culture review process was compared to the previous nurse-initiated process. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa064DOI Listing

Effect of tranexamic acid administration time on blood product use in urban trauma patients.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(Supplement_2):S46-S53

Department of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM.

Purpose: To evaluate the effect of time to tranexamic acid administration on blood product usage in trauma patients and to assess the potential benefit of initiating a protocol for field administration by ground ambulance personnel.

Methods: Adult patients with traumatic injuries who received 1 g of tranexamic acid during the period January 2014 through June 2016 were retrospectively identified via review of automated dispensing cabinet and electronic medical record data and cross-referencing with the New Mexico Trauma Registry. Exclusion criteria included tranexamic acid use for nontrauma indications, previous admission for trauma during the study period, and a lack of pertinent information regarding the time, type, or severity of trauma in available records. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa074DOI Listing

Characteristics of postgraduate year 2 ambulatory care pharmacy residency programs in the United States.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(Supplement_2):S34-S40

Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, OH.

Purpose: A survey was conducted to evaluate the characteristics and structures of postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) ambulatory care pharmacy residency programs in the United States. The survey results can serve as a guide for current and newly emerging programs.

Methods: A 24-question survey was sent to 138 US PGY2 residency program directors (RPDs) in February 2017 to identify key program characteristics, including program type (single-site or multisite), primary practice site, number of residents, length and type of rotations, staffing requirements, additional residency activities, precepting and teaching opportunities, RPD training and credentials, and number and qualifications of preceptors. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa073DOI Listing

Integrating patient-centric indications into the prescribing process: Experience at a tertiary academic medical center.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(Supplement_2):S26-S33

Department of Pharmacy, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA.

Purpose: To describe the development of and implementation of a patient-centric clinical indications library (CIL) into the prescribing process and determine the operational and humanistic outcomes (from prescriber, pharmacist, and patient perspectives) of including indications on outpatient prescription labels.

Methods: A descriptive retrospective data analysis was conducted. Multiple stakeholder groups were engaged to develop and integrate the CIL into the prescription package. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa065DOI Listing
May 2020
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COVID-19 pandemic planning, response, and lessons learned at a community hospital.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 16. Epub 2020 May 16.

Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa179DOI Listing

From natural disaster to pandemic: A health-system pharmacy rises to the challenge.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 16. Epub 2020 May 16.

Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

Disclaimer: In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa180DOI Listing

Navigating the emotional turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic as a new leader.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 16. Epub 2020 May 16.

Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY.

In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa181DOI Listing

Pay it forward.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 16. Epub 2020 May 16.

Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy-Augusta, Augusta, GA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa125DOI Listing

National trends in prescription drug expenditures and projections for 2020.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 15. Epub 2020 May 15.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, and UK HealthCare, Lexington, KY.

Purpose: To report historical patterns of pharmaceutical expenditures, to identify factors that may influence future spending, and to predict growth in drug spending in 2020 in the United States, with a focus on the nonfederal hospital and clinic sectors.

Methods: Historical patterns were assessed by examining data on drug purchases from manufacturers using the IQVIA National Sales Perspectives database. Factors that may influence drug spending in hospitals and clinics in 2020 were reviewed, including new drug approvals, patent expirations, and potential new policies or legislation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa116DOI Listing

Necessity of Pharmacist-driven non-prescription telehealth consult services in the era of COVID-19.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 14. Epub 2020 May 14.

Specialty Pharmacy Service at Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC.

Disclaimer: In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa162DOI Listing

Pharmacy leadership during emergency preparedness: Insights from the Middle East and South Asia.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 14. Epub 2020 May 14.

College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Disclaimer: In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa133DOI Listing

Navigating regulatory statutes during the Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 14. Epub 2020 May 14.

Clinical Services Group, Pharmacy Services, HCA Healthcare, Nashville, Tennessee.

Disclaimer: In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa147DOI Listing

Clinical trials: management of investigational products during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 14. Epub 2020 May 14.

Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Agence Générale des Equipements et Produits de Santé, Paris, France.

Disclaimer: In an effort to expedite the publication of articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic, AJHP is posting these manuscripts online as soon as possible after acceptance. Accepted manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and copyedited, but are posted online before technical formatting and author proofing. These manuscripts are not the final version of record and will be replaced with the final article (formatted per AJHP style and proofed by the authors) at a later time. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa146DOI Listing

Chinese pharmacists' rapid response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 13. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Pharmacy Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University Changsha, China.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa120DOI Listing

Gilbert Banker, pharmacy educator and scientist, dies at 88.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):822

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa100DOI Listing

Pharmacy, employee health lead health system's exposure response.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(11):820

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa099DOI Listing

What pharmacy students need to know about burnout, resilience, and well-being.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 9. Epub 2020 May 9.

Department of Pharmacy Practice Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Downers Grove, IL.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa075DOI Listing

Professional policies approved by the 2020 ASHP March virtual House of Delegates.

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Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa094DOI Listing

Monitoring of rivaroxaban levels in patients with class III obesity.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

Legacy Medical Group, Legacy Health, Portland, OR.

Purpose: There is little evidence to guide the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with class III obesity. Clinicians face the dilemma that using DOACs in patients with class III obesity may not provide adequate anticoagulation, while avoiding DOACs may deprive them of a useful therapeutic option. We present 2 cases describing our experience navigating rivaroxaban use in patients with class III obesity and review available case reports of measurement of rivaroxaban levels using a calibrated anti-factor Xa assay. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa096DOI Listing

Evaluation of a multidisciplinary approach to reduce internal medicine readmissions using a readmission prediction index.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

Department of Internal Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.

Purpose: Readmission prediction indices are used to stratify patients by the risk of hospital readmission. We describe the integration of a 30-day hospital readmission prediction index into the electronic medical record (EMR) and its impact on pharmacist interventions during transitions of care (TOC).

Methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to compare 30-day readmission rates between adult internal medicine inpatients admitted by a multidisciplinary team providing TOC services (the TOC group) and those who received usual care (the control group). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa078DOI Listing

Impact of enhanced compounding vigilance: Three perspectives.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

Department of Emergency Medicine, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa097DOI Listing

Pharmacist-led clinic tests gamification technology.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa101DOI Listing

Family medicine clinic finds success with pharmacogenomics.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 8. Epub 2020 May 8.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa102DOI Listing

California pharmacist Sam Shimomura dies at 73 years.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(10):723-724

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa085DOI Listing

Student pharmacists boost services at Colorado hospital.

Authors:
Kate Traynor

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(10):722-723

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa084DOI Listing

Practice-enhancing publications about the medication-use process in 2018.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(10):759-770

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, NC, and University of North Carolina Medical Center, Chapel Hill, NC.

Purpose: This article identifies, prioritizes, and summarizes published literature on the medication-use process (MUP) from calendar year 2018 that can impact health-system pharmacy daily practice. The MUP is the foundational system that provides the framework for safe medication utilization within the healthcare environment. The MUP is defined in this article as having the following steps: prescribing/transcribing, dispensing, administration, and monitoring. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa057DOI Listing

Collaboration by emergency medicine pharmacists and prehospital services providers.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 7. Epub 2020 May 7.

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science Department of Emergency Medicine University of Arizona Health Sciences College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine Tucson, AZ.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa082DOI Listing

Pharmacist-led program to improve transitions from acute care to skilled nursing facility care.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 7. Epub 2020 May 7.

Pharmacy Administration, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA.

Purpose: A pharmacist-led process to improve medication management in transitions from acute care to skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is described.

Summary: The process of transitioning patients from an acute care facility to a SNF involves multiple steps, with the potential for delays in medication administration. As part of a health system's effort to evaluate barriers to timely first-dose administration after hospital-to-SNF transfers, a multidisciplinary team was tasked with defining the frequency of missed doses of high-risk medications and identifying reasons for medication administration delays. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa090DOI Listing

Effects of pharmacy interventions at transitions of care on patient outcomes.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 6. Epub 2020 May 6.

CVS, Allentown, PA.

Purpose: An interdisciplinary group developed a care transitions process with a prominent pharmacist role.

Methods: The new transitions process was initiated on a 32-bed medical/surgical unit. Demographics, reconciliation data, information on medication adherence barriers, medication recommendations, and time spent performing interventions were prospectively collected for 284 consecutive patients over 54 days after the pharmacy participation was completely implemented. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa081DOI Listing

Implementation of a pharmacist-led transitional care clinic.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 6. Epub 2020 May 6.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN.

Purpose: To describe a pharmacist-led transitional care clinic (TCC) for high-risk patients who were recently hospitalized or seen in the emergency department (ED).

Summary: The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) established a pharmacist-led face-to-face and telephone follow-up TCC to improve posthospitalization follow-up care through medication optimization and disease state management, particularly for veterans with high-risk disease states such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF). The clinic's clinical pharmacy specialists (CPSs) ordered diagnostic and laboratory tests, performed physical assessments, and consulted other providers and specialty services in addition to performing medication reconciliation, compliance assessment, and evaluation of adverse drug events. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa080DOI Listing

Why is the patient here? What do they need?

Authors:
Rita R Shane

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 6. Epub 2020 May 6.

Department of Pharmacy Services Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa095DOI Listing

Use of telemedicine to provide clinical pharmacy services during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May 5. Epub 2020 May 5.

Department of Pharmacy Children's Mercy Kansas City Kansas City, MO.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa112DOI Listing

The pharmacist's role in disaster research response.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 Apr 30. Epub 2020 Apr 30.

Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Tucson, AZ.

Purpose: The need for high-quality research during disaster responses has been well described in the literature, and such research is supported by efforts at the federal level through the National Institutes of Health Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program. This article describes the fourth DR2 workshop with a specific focus on opportunities for pharmacists to get involved with disaster research efforts.

Summary: Pharmacists have historically played a significant role in disaster planning and response, and there are a number of opportunities for pharmacists to bring their unique perspective, positioning, and skills to disaster research response (ie, onsite and other research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa093DOI Listing

Procalcitonin in special patient populations: Guidance for antimicrobial therapy.

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 May;77(10):745-758

Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Florham Park, NJ.

Purpose: Procalcitonin (PCT) is an endogenous hormone that increases reliably in response to bacterial infection, and measurement of serum PCT levels is recommended to help guide antimicrobial therapy. The utility of PCT assessment in special patient populations (eg, patients with renal dysfunction, cardiac compromise, or immunocompromised states and those undergoing acute care surgery) is less clear. The evidence for PCT-guided antimicrobial therapy in special populations is reviewed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa089DOI Listing

California readies for implementation of historic law aimed at curbing HIV.

Authors:
Nancy Gregory

Am J Health Syst Pharm 2020 Apr;77(9):677

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajhp/zxaa086DOI Listing