The IMPACT OF CLINICAL PHARMACY SERVICES IN GENERAL SURGERY
Keywords:Clinical pharmacist, Drug-related problems, Medication errors, Antibiotic rationality, Pharmaceutical care
Objective: The objectives of this study include performing pharmaceutical care-related research and documenting regarding drug-related problems in the surgery department. Further, these types of studies may bring consciousness to both physicians and patients regarding drug use in surgery.
Methods: A Prospective interventional study was conducted in a general surgery hospital. The prescriptions were analyzed for the use of inappropriateness of drugs using the classification for drug-related problems.
Results: Out of 100 cases, 62 patients were observed with drug-related problems. The number of antibiotics prescribed was 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 in 8, 11, 12, 32, 18, 18, 1 cases respectively. A significant increase in the outcome of antibiotic rationality and cases adhered to guidelines was seen in November compared to October and somewhat decreased in December due to some limitations. The overall study states that prescribing has a more important cause of Drug-related problems compared to dispensing and the use of the drug.
Conclusion: Drug-related problems have to be acknowledged as a very important contributing treatment factor for the best health care outcome. Our study shows the importance of clinical pharmacists in every hospital for identifying and resolving drug-related problems and medication errors.
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