Pharmacist must be Leaders: Perspectives on Leveraging Leadership to Improve Patient Care”

Paul W. Abramowitz,chief Executive Officer American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), USA Focused and effective leadership is central to pharmacy practice advancement at the bedside, in the pharmacy, in the clinic, and in the administrative office. Given the changing healthcare dynamics and patient needs, pharmacists must be adequately prepared to take on the leadership roles […]

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Health Care Delivery Paradigm and Pharmacy leadership

Roy Guharoy,.Vice President, Clinical Integration, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Ascension Health, St. Louis, MO,USA Health care policies across the world are affecting the way health systems provide care by mandating accountability through standardized performance measures and incentives for improvement. Health systems are responding by adopting processes to measure outcomes and they are focused on “integrated practices” […]

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The Art and Science of Etiquette in Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Osama Tabbara, Senior Director, Department of Pharmacy Services, Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE One of the missions of Cleveland Clinic is “Every patient deserves a world class care”. This mission will never be accomplished without having a compassionate pharmacists and health care providers. As proper etiquette is considered the highest quality of communication and […]

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Drug Use Evaluation: Tips to monitor medication use in your pharmacy

AbdulatifAlOqaiafi , Chief Executive Office, Aljazeera Hospital, KSA The formulary system encompasses facets of medication use, including drug selection, Drug use evaluation (DUE), and mechanisms to foster best practices in prescribing, dispensing, administration, and monitoring of outcomes. DUE is an ongoing systematic system using predetermining criteria used to evaluate the use of medications (Drugs) that […]

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Strategies to Reduce Errors Associated with Technology

Kyle E. Hultgren, Director Clinical Assistant Professor of the College of Pharmacy’s Centre for Medication Safety Advacement.USA It is often felt that through implementing new technology, many problems in the medication management process can be solved. While this may be true of some types of errors, new process errors enter these systems that we are […]

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Can Medication Reconciliation Improve Patient’ safety after Discharge?

Dr.Amna Al Hashar, senior clinical pharmacist, College of Medicine and Health, Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Transitions in care are high risk areas witharound 60% of medication errors occurring at these transitions as a result of inadvertent poor communication and information loss. Not all medication errors result in harm but according to the U.S. Food […]

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Neonatal Medication Safety – Challenges and Opportunities

Adeline Saliba, Manager of pharmacy/patient safety & risk manager, Corniche Hospital. UAE Premature and low-birth weight neonates are considered to be high risk patients, where complex medical interventions are performed to improve outcomes. The environment in which they receive care places them at risk for medication incidents which can result in harm or death. Hence, […]

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Novel Antimicrobial Stewardship Practice

Dr. Rania El-Lababidi, Pharmacy Education and Training Manager, Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) is a multidisciplinary, quality and patient safety program aimed at optimizing clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use, including adverse events, development of resistance and selection of pathogenic organisms (e.g.C. diffcile). The presentation outlines key […]

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Antimicrobial Stewardship, what intervention works?

Dr.FaryalKhamis, Sr Consultant, Chairperson Infection Control and Prevention Committee, Royal Hospital. Oman Antimicrobial stewardship programs are established by implementing various interventions advocated to improve the quality of antimicrobial use. Although these interventions often seem commonsensical, the available evidence regarding the effect of antimicrobial stewardship interventions on clinical outcome such as mortality and length of stay, […]

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