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Emergency Medicine Pharmacists and Sepsis Management.
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PMID:  23204144     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Purpose:To describe the role that an emergency medicine (EM) clinical pharmacist has on the management of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock.Methods:The clinical consultations documented by the EM pharmacists at an academic, teaching hospital over a 2-year period were retrospectively reviewed.Results:During the study period, a total of 585 consultations were provided by the EM pharmacists to 130 patients who presented to the ED with a diagnosis of sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock. Dosing recommendations were the most frequent consultations provided (n = 309, 53%), followed by the addition of appropriate empiric antibiotics (n = 131, 22%) and medication preparation (n = 108, 19%). Antibiotics (n = 307, 83%) and vasopressors (n = 31, 8%) were the medication classes regularly involved in EM pharmacist consultations. Vancomycin (n = 90, 28%) and norepinephrine (n = 15, 48%) were the most common agents involved in these consultations.Conclusion:A clinical EM pharmacist has multiple roles in the early management of patients presenting with sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock in the ED. Most commonly, they have a role in optimizing empiric antibiotic selection and dosing; thereby ensuring adequate antimicrobial coverage in this complex patient population.
Kyle A Weant; Stephanie N Baker
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pharmacy practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-1937     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pharm Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8900945     Medline TA:  J Pharm Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response, North Carolina Department of Public Health, Raleigh, NC, USA.
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