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Patient Safety Checklists

Every pharmacist as a health care provider, takes an oath which includes following, “I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.”In the quoted oath, “optimal outcomes” necessarily imply the safety of use of medications, which in its turn would result in the improved health of the patient. While it is understandable that there are many ways pharmacists can go to adhere to the quoted oath, it will makes sense to underline the core principles of safety that health care providers, including pharmacists must stick to in order to ensure safety of the patient while he is being treated. These principles are taken into consideration by pharmacists in their daily routines across any of existing patient care environments.

Pharmacists adhere to improvement of patents’ safety by the following principles and actions:

The positive results from the carefully guided safety procedures would include but will not be limited by following:

Two major things we’d like to point out as far as necessary safety checks problems pharmacists would need to focus include:

Improvement of medication adherence

Medication adherence is the principle of sticking to exactly the procedure of taking medications as was suggested or prescribed by the medical specialist to a patient. Not taking medications on time, or exactly in the dosage that was prescribed may cause a patient harm, including but not limited to side effects or costly hospitalization. One of the frequent instances for medication non-adherence is forgetting to take a medication or forgetting to get it re-filled in its time. Other reasons we can list here would include younger than allowed age, medication’s side effects, insufficient communication with a healthcare team, memory losses, and general confusion.

As pharmacists are oftentimes the only members of the healthcare team with a complete list of a patients medications at hand. As a consequence, a pharmacist has to be a leader in the process of proper assessment and improvement of medication adherence in direct collaboration with the rest of the patient’s healthcare team.

If non-adherence is reported or it seems common-sensibly that a patient is not adhering to the course, pharmacists have to be trained to work on finding ways for patients to taking their medications as it was prescribed.

Providing Health and Wellness Service

Pharmacists need to be trained in order to provide a wide range of health and overall wellness services. These services would include:

All of above services would significantly improve patient’s health as well as the overall health of the environments they receive the healthcare. Many of these services can be done in direct collaboration with other members of the healthcare team in the unit. Health and wellness services are of utmost importance for the patients safety. For instance, immunization protects a patient from diseases that can potentially become severe or even life-threatening. Stop-smoking programs can educate patients and help avoiding long term consequences of nicotine use. When carefully implemented, these services can prevent both patients and healthcare providers from high costs related to the treatment of diseases easily prevented when taken care of in a timely manner.