Tomorrow's pharmacist blog
The general workflow in the dispensary is as follows: any incoming medicines requests are entered into a filing system according to urgency. A dispenser selects a medicines request and proceeds to work on one of five dispensing computers to input patient information and to select the medication etc. The dispenser then has to choose the correct person/ward to cost the supply to.
You have a throbbing headache and look in your medicine cabinet for something to take. Oh thank goodness, you have got some painkillers in. But you notice that they are 6 months out of date – would you still take them? We have had it drilled into us that we should not use things past their expiry date: food, medicines and cosmetics alike.
So, after a bit of a dodgy start to the day, calculations tests, difficult lectures and a dispensary session, I have to say, I’m very proud to be a pharmacy student.
In 19th century Britain, a person who committedsuicide would have a stake driven through their heart before beingunceremoniously buried at a road side. You’d think we’d have progressed since then, and we have. Suicide is no longer the felo de se crime it used to be, but in the case of assisted dying our
Wow. I’m amazed. A tv programme that gives a visual representation of what goes on inside a cell – personally it brings information together from multiple modules...everything is clicking into place!
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Sorry if you feel misled by the title, but this isn't a blogabout a new fad-diet involving eating the BNF and/or a cocktail of anti-obesitydrugs. No, this is a blog about how theBNF itself might soon need to diet.
Most of the students in my year have been spending the past couple of months applying and securing their pre-reg placements. What struck me as strange was that many of them who showed little interest in hospital pharmacy in the past, applied and accepted places to do their pre-reg in hospital. In fact, I think many students have applied to hospital pharmacy in preference to community.
One of my more recent speculations has been concerning the future of medicine as technology advances. In my opinion, it is becoming ever clearer that the majority of diseases are associated with specific genetic/protein regulation modification. This has caused me to consider where the future of medicine may lie.
Do we have all the information when it comes to basing a clinical decision on evidence based medicine? I would like to think so but it doesn’t appear that way.
If you had £9000 going spare, what would you do with it?
Well I wasn’t going to write another blog so soon, but I just had to get this down!
Community pharmacy is currentlyin limbo somewhere between being rewarded for supply and being rewarded forservices. The confusion this generates isn'tgood for the profession.
I stumbled across a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic patient recently and was suddenly bewildered. I understand the basics surrounding diabetes, but wondered why the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic cells actually occurs.
And so another new year begins. Introductory lectures for new modules, buying new folders and starting the bane of my life – my to do list!