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Clinical Pharmacists: Coming Soon to an Emergency Department Near You!

Edwards, Christopher J. PharmD, BCPS; Jasiak, Karalea D. PharmD; Hays, Daniel P. PharmD, BCPS

Section Editor(s): Weant, Kyle PharmD, BCPS

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April-June 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 122–126
doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181dbc851
Applied Pharmacology

The emergency department (ED) is a fast-paced, but error-prone work environment. Clinical pharmacists based in the ED can assist with the selection, acquisition, preparation, administration, and monitoring of appropriate evidence-based therapeutic drug regimens. These services may be particularly useful during emergent and code situations. Emergency pharmacists can also provide drug information to the department. Clinical pharmacists in the ED serve as a liaison between the departments of pharmacy and emergency medicine, and can help develop policies and procedures that are beneficial and amenable to both departments. Having the right pharmacist in the ED may improve nursing and physician satisfaction with pharmacy services, reduce costs, and improve patient safety.

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy (Drs Edwards and Jasiak), and Department of Pharmacy and Science, College of Pharmacy and Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine (Dr Hays), University of Arizona, Tucson.

Corresponding Author: Christopher J. Edwards, PharmD, BCPS, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, PO Box 210202, Tucson, AZ 85721 (edwards@pharmacy.arizona.edu).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.