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Impact of clinical pharmacist intervention on clinical outcomes in the critical care unit, Taif City, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study

Althomal, Abdullah and Altowairqi, Ahmed and Alghamdi, Afnan and Alotaibi, Musim and Althubaiti, Abdulrahman and Alqurashi, Abdulaziz and Al Harbi, Adnan and Algarni, Majed Ahmed and Haseeb, Abdul and Elnaem, Mohamed Hassan Abdelaziz and Alsenani, Faisal and E. Elrggal, Mahmoud (2022) Impact of clinical pharmacist intervention on clinical outcomes in the critical care unit, Taif City, Saudi Arabia: a retrospective study. Pharmacy, 10 (5). pp. 1-7. E-ISSN 2226-4787

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(1) Objectives: Clinical pharmacists are now playing a significant role in hospitals aiming to reduce medication errors, adverse drug reactions, and healthcare costs. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to assess the interventions provided by a clinical pharmacist in the intensive care unit at the King Faisal Hospital in Taif city. (2) Methods: For this single-center retrospective study, patients were included from December 2021 to May 2022. In the present study, all the interventions of clinical pharmacists made over six months were included. The Intensive care unit (ICU) ward was covered by three clinical pharmacists, and the interventions made were categorized into four groups: (1) interventions related to indications; (2) interventions regarding safety; (3) interventions regarding dosing, and (4) miscellaneous. Descriptive statistics was applied to evaluate the results in the form of frequencies and percentages. Analysis was performed using the statistical package SPSS 20.0. (3) Results: Overall, a total of 404 interventions were recommended for 165 patients during the six- month period of study. Among them, 370 interventions (91.5%) were accepted by physicians. Among all the interventions, the majority were suggested regarding ‘indication’ (45.7%), including the addition of drugs, drugs with no indications, and duplication. The acceptance rate of clinical pharmacist intervention was 98.5%. (4) Conclusions: This retrospective study shows that clinical pharmacists played a critical role in optimizing drug therapy which could subsequently help to prevent drug-related issues and lower drug costs. More research is needed to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical pharmacist; clinical outcome; critical care unit; Saudi Arabia
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr Mohamed Elnaem
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 13:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 13:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/99951

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