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Life as apre-registration pharmacist the past two months have been extremely busy,stressful and enjoyable. I do not know what has happened since it became 2013but time seems to be passing at double, even triple, speed!

I have now completed fourweeks at a general hospital and I definitely feel more prepared to face thepre-registration exam. I have learned lots and feel much more confidant. Sohere are five brief points of some of the things I came across that stick in mymind:

- The doseof paracetamol should be reduced if a patient weights less than 50kg

- Rivaroxabancan be given as prophylaxis of VTE after hip or knee replacement and the advantagesare that it can be taken orally

- Cephalosporinshave a 0.5-6.5% cross reactivity to pencillins

- Rifampicin(for TB) colours urine red

- Patientswith sickle-cell disease will be seen with high dose painkillers and prophylaxispenicillin to prevent infections

With an LPET auditsubmission completed, my audit presentation to my work colleagues out of theway and about three quarters of my performance standards done, I am now almostat the stage where I can just completely focus on my revision. I only need tofinish a report and a poster in order to submit my audit to the College ofMental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) and then I should be well on my way withrevision.

 

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