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Implementation of a training program to improve pharmacy services for high-risk neonatal and maternal populations.
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PMID:  23292268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: A training program aimed at increasing pharmacists' role in the care of high-risk maternal, neonatal, and pediatric patients is described.
SUMMARY: In preparation for the planned expansion of a large Ohio hospital's maternal and neonatal critical care services, the pharmacy department developed a training program to increase the knowledge and skill sets of staff pharmacists, especially those who lacked residency training. The program also supported the department's transition to an integrated patient-centered pharmacy practice model. Clinical practice guidelines, policy statements, and other sources were used to develop a series of 57 one-hour lectures on a wide range of topics in maternal-neonatal critical care. The lectures were delivered one morning each week, every other week, over 30 months, with additional case-based homework assigned; a passing score (80%) on all module examinations and homework assignments was required for continued course participation. Trainees who completed the voluntary program earned a certificate from the department head and continuing-education credit from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, and they were eligible to engage in expanded rounding and patient counseling activities. The program appeared to have a positive impact on patient satisfaction and efforts to reduce medication misadventures in the neonatal intensive care unit.
CONCLUSION: The implementation of a training program to educate non-residency-trained pharmacists in selected areas of maternal, neonatal, and pediatric health care helped enable the expansion of pharmacy services to include admission, daily, and discharge counseling. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2013; 70:143-9.
Mary E Temple; Michael A Jakubecz; Nicholas A Link
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1535-2900     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Health Syst Pharm     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503023     Medline TA:  Am J Health Syst Pharm     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mary E. Temple, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS, is Clinical Specialist, Neonatology, Maternal and Pediatric Medicine, Hillcrest Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Mayfield Heights, OH.
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