Pharmacist-Managed Toxicology Consult Service at the Ottawa Hospital: Epidemiology of Referrals, Evaluation of Written Consults, and Survey of Past Residents
AbstractThe role of clinical pharmacy services in acute care settings such as the emergency department and the intensive care unit (ICU) has been documented since the 1970s. These studies have demonstrated that the participation by pharmacists in direct patient care exerts a positive influence on patient outcomes, cost containment, and prevention of adverse drug reactions.1-10 In comparison, pharmacy-managed consult services in acute care settings are less common, and the few that have been described in published reports appear to have been limited to the monitoring of specific therapeutic drugs, medication history-taking, and the provision of drug information.5,7,8
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