Wednesday, March 31, 2004

From The Age (Australia):
Pharmacists to the rescue in medical mix-ups
Pharmacists could be saving hundreds of lives each year by advising patients not to follow their doctors' orders, a study has found.

An analysis of eight major Australian hospitals found that 15 patients avoided death in one month because of intervention by pharmacists who second-guessed prescriptions supplied by doctors.

An independent clinical panel at each hospital considered the changes that the pharmacists made to be life-saving.

The director of pharmacy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Michael Dooley, tracked almost 25,000 patients in one month. In that time, the intervention of pharmacists also reduced the potential for patients to be readmitted to hospital 156 times, and reduced the length of hospital stays on 88 occasions.

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