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Best Practices for Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy 2011-2012
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD(Temple University School of Pharmacy)
This is the latest edition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists'
(ASHP) reference of guidelines and policies designed to help hospital pharmacies implement the safest and most effective pharmacy practices.
ASHP is a recognized authority in the field of hospital pharmacy practice and the book offers a compilation of recommended strategies to optimize patient care as well to promote the clinical role of hospital pharmacists in the interdisciplinary healthcare team. A variety of guideline statements appear in this book, addressing both operational and clinical pharmacy functions. As hospital pharmacy has transitioned from a solely dispensing functionality to a more clinical and all-encompassing role, these guidelines are timely in helping institutions make this transition seamless, effective, and safe.
The book can be helpful for new pharmacists, clinicians, or students learning about the role of formulary management, creating a drug monograph, or developing a medication use evaluation. Seasoned hospital administrators also will find this helpful, since it contains the most current standards for implementing best practices in hospital pharmacies. Finally, clinical pharmacists can use the therapeutic position statements on antimicrobial stewardship and other disease state management recommendations to optimize patient outcomes in their practice. Thus, this is a useful addition to the library of a variety of hospital pharmacy professionals.
As new research, practical experience, and technological advances emerge in the setting of hospital pharmacy, guidelines must be created and updated to meet the evolving role of hospital pharmacies. This book succeeds at offering a comprehensive reference containing operational policies such as bar-coding, computerized provider-order-entry (CPOE) systems, and the pharmacists' role in informatics. Each section is comprehensive yet practical. For instance, the chapter on CPOE includes guidance on transitioning to this automated order entry system, as well as advice on ensuring patient safety and ongoing surveillance. Hospital pharmacies face the challenges of implementing these automated systems every day and the guidelines are relevant and can be implemented easily. ASHP also offers therapeutic position statements on disease state management, such as pharmacy services in the emergency room, anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation, and antimicrobial stewardship, which hospital clinicians will find useful. The book also offers helpful strategies and procedures on a variety of pharmacy practices and is timely and pragmatic in its approach. These statements are not law, but guidelines that must be interpreted to meet the unique needs of each particular hospital pharmacy.
As hospital pharmacies evolve from a purely dispensing function to a more clinical role with advances in technology, new guidelines are necessary to help these institutions implement effective strategies to meet these challenges. This is a comprehensive reference to guide hospital pharmacies in attaining best practices in their institutions.
Weighted Numerical Score: 100 - 5 Stars!
— Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD(Temple University School of Pharmacy)