Andrew Harding is one of Victoria’s leading pharmacists in Emergency Medicine (EM). He has worked in the development of EM services for over 10 years and is currently the Senior Pharmacist, Department of Emergency Medicine at the Austin Hospital. Andrew is an active member of the SHPA EM Committee of Specialty Practice (COSP) and has contributed to research and publications in this field. Prior to specialising in emergency medicine pharmacy, Andrew had a wide range of experience in both in clinical pharmacy and managerial roles in Australia, as well as periods volunteering as a pharmacist in Calcutta, India (Calcutta Rescue) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Australian Volunteers International). He continues to be active in the development of the profession in Australia, serving regularly as an examiner with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and as an intern tutor for Monash University.
Emergency Medicine (EM) pharmacy practice is a diverse, interesting and really fun area. Have you ever wondered what exactly does an EM pharmacist do? EM pharmacists are involved in pharmaceutical care to patients who are admitted to hospital but also to those who are discharged back to the community. Best possible medication history; identification of medicine related problems contributing to the ED presentation; identifying and reporting adverse drug reactions, discharge planning services and even resuscitations are all areas where the pharmacist can get involved.
There are so many benefits of an EM pharmacy service including (described in the SHPA Standards of Practice in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice):
• improved healthcare outcomes for patients as a result of early medication reconciliation, medication order and clinical review
• increased awareness of medicine-related issues among ED staff
• liaison between emergency, pharmacy and other inpatient departments on medicine-related issues
• timely supply and review of specialised medicines
• improved communication between the ED and external services, eg warfarin monitoring services, residential care facilities and community pharmacies.
During this workshop, you will have a chance to practice as the EM pharmacist in the ‘SHPA Emergency Department’. In this virtual ED you will have to work through the department. Which patients will you choose to see? Can you recognise the patients with medication misadventure? Who should you see first? What interventions can you make to optimise medicines management?
Come and join this fun and interactive workshop, and hear from some EM pharmacists, before we put you to work throwing around lots of ED cases.