Due to a shortage of emergency department doctors and nurses, hospitals have started to employ pharmacists who have additional clinical skills, known as Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners, to help deliver services.
A recently published study sought to describe, compare and define the Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioner role. Setting UK emergency departments.
The study concluded that Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners combine traditional clinical pharmacy activities with more hands-on medical practise including being designated care provider. The role is versatile in that care and support provided to patients and the wider emergency department professional team is varied and therefore somewhat adaptable to situations which present.
One of the authors and PhD student Daniel Greenwood was good enough to take some time to have a chat about the findings.
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