Episode 61. The Origin of Modern EM Pharmacy. The EM Pharmacy Project with Terry Fairbanks and Nicole Acquisto


The EM Pharmacy Project & Publications

Researching the use of Emergency Pharmacists in the ED

One of the most influencial proejcts for modern EM pharmacy serives was the EM Pharmacy Project published by Joanne C. Witsil, Roshanak Aazami, Umbreen Idrees Murtaza, Daniel P. Hays, and Rollin J. Fairbanks Strategies for implementing emergency department pharmacy services: Results from the 2007 ASHP Patient Care Impact Program PMID: 20172988

 In June 2007, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists developed a patient care impact program entitled “Introducing an Emergency Department Pharmacist into Your Institution” to provide experiential training to practicing pharmacists seeking to establish ED services in

Participants were divided into two groups, and each group was assigned two mentors. During their initial meeting, participants identified anticipated challenges to implementation of pharmacy services in the ED and began to define strategies with their mentors for effectively managing the anticipated challenges. Each group participated in one-hour monthly teleconferences with their mentors.

In addition to monthly teleconferences, participants regularly contacted their mentors for additional assistance and several visited their mentors' institutions. Participants developed job descriptions for an ED pharmacist, developed a rationale and justification for implementing pharmacy services in the ED, obtained approval and support from appropriate parties for the ED pharmacist's role, developed plans for introducing a pharmacist to the ED, and developed quality-assurance methods to monitor the effectiveness of the pharmacist's role.


Jimmy L. Pruitt III, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

The Pharm So Hard Podcast is a show focused primarily on emergency medicine and hospital pharmacy related topics. To empower healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills they need to provide evidence-based, safe care for critically ill patients.

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