Back to Journals » Clinical Interventions in Aging » Volume 11

Pharmaceutical interventions by collaboration between staff pharmacists and clinical pharmacists and implementation of Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards on medication use may optimize pharmacotherapy in geriatric patients

Authors Chen M, Zhou Q

Received 5 October 2016

Accepted for publication 7 October 2016

Published 9 November 2016 Volume 2016:11 Pages 1575—1577

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S123900

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Professor Zhi-Ying Wu

Meng Chen, Quan Zhou

Department of Pharmacy, The Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China

We read with great interest the prospective study by Cortejoso et al,1 which describes the characteristics of pharmaceutical interventions in two geriatric wards (orthogeriatric ward and geriatric day unit) of a general teaching hospital. We strongly agree with their finding that shows the importance of clinical pharmacist involvement in the optimization of pharmacotherapy in elderly patients. Furthermore, we especially appreciate their new and interesting findings that the clinical pharmacist was more frequently requested by physicians and nurses for information about the pharmacotherapy of the patients on the geriatric day unit, compared with the orthogeriatric ward at admission and discharge (5.7% vs 1.2% and 1.7%, respectively, P<0.05), and that the pharmacist asked for more confirmation of the physician orders on the geriatric day unit rather than the orthogeriatric ward (19.8% vs 1.8% and 15.7% at admission and discharge, respectively, P<0.05). We are from a Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited academic medical center hospital with 3200 beds in China. Safe medication management and use are pivotal to patient safety and quality of care on which the state-of-the-art standards of the Joint Commission focus. We would like to share our perspectives in the following paragraphs.

View original paper by Cortejoso and colleagues.
 

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at https://www.dovepress.com/terms.php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]  View Full Text [HTML][Machine readable]

 

Other articles by this author:

Weight-based dosing in medication use: what should we know?

Pan SD, Zhu LL, Chen M, Xia P, Zhou Q

Patient Preference and Adherence 2016, 10:549-560

Published Date: 12 April 2016

A stewardship intervention program for safe medication management and use of antidiabetic drugs

Zhao RY, He XW, Shan YM, Zhu LL, Zhou Q

Clinical Interventions in Aging 2015, 10:1201-1212

Published Date: 23 July 2015

The optimal choice of medication administration route regarding intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous injection

Jin JF, Zhu LL, Chen M, Xu HM, Wang HF, Feng XQ, Zhu XP, Zhou Q

Patient Preference and Adherence 2015, 9:923-942

Published Date: 2 July 2015

Pharmacokinetic drug interactions with clopidogrel: updated review and risk management in combination therapy

Wang ZY, Chen M, Zhu LL, Yu LS, Zeng S, Xiang MX, Zhou Q

Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2015, 11:449-467

Published Date: 19 March 2015

Personalized therapeutics for levofloxacin: a focus on pharmacokinetic concerns

Gao CH, Yu LS, Zeng S, Huang YW, Zhou Q

Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2014, 10:217-227

Published Date: 27 March 2014

Appropriateness of administration of nasogastric medication and preliminary intervention

Zhu LL, Xu LC, Wang HQ, Jin JF, Wang HF, Zhou Q

Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2012, 8:393-401

Published Date: 20 November 2012