Tomorrow's pharmacist blog
Adam Pattison Rathbone writes an open letter to pharmacists and GPs with a unique proposal
My rotation workingfor our dispensing for discharge service has come to an end. I have slowlymanaged to get used to working at a busy pace in an acute admissions ward. Thepatients I see range from exacerbations of COPD, to ACS, to heart failure.
What role does marketing play in medicalising the human experience? Adam Pattison Rathbone shares his thoughts
have clearly been slacking when it comes to my blogging duties, which is partly my fault and partly through unforeseen circumstances. I am now way past the halfway point of my pre-reg and have crossed over to the hospital part of my training. I am in a completely different world to what I spent the previous 6 months working in, nevertheless I am enjoying myself and learning an incredible amount, which will all be helpful to my future practice.
The last few months have been a whirlwind of inductions,covering wards for the first time and learning the importance of timelydischarges. I can honestly say I have learnt more in the last few months as apharmacist than I did through the whole year of pre-reg and I have learned first-handthat experience truly is the key to building clinical knowledge.
E-cigarettes are appealing because they are one way to giveup smoking without really having to give up smoking. They are aestheticallysimilar to real cigarettes and offer the same nicotine-fuelled buzz that iscraved by smokers. In theory, they could vastly reduce medical problems
As a hospital pre-reg trainee I am fortunate to have the knowledge and experience of many pharmacists at my fingertips, but for many of my peers, they may only get the opportunity to work with two or three pharmacists this year before they embark on a lifelong career of making important decisions, independently - for the most part. Working with so many highly skilled pharmacists has made me think about how important sharing knowledge and experiences is with colleagues - especially ...
Ethics is such a controversial topic. Ethical dilemmas can occur daily for some pharmacists whether it be unsigned prescriptions or issues surrounding patient confidentiality. Having thought quite deeply about ethics, I believe nothing can really prepare you for a ethical dilemma unless you actually experience them. This can be quite daunting.
I shadowed a pharmacist on a ward round where we saw apatient who had a low sodium blood level. He had also had a fall and was weak.A scan determined that there was no brain damage so it was deemed safe toprescribe low molecular weight heparin. This prevents the formation of bloodclots and if the patient had a bleed on the brain this would not have been