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Entries for September 2018

By Maxwell Trombly, Pharm.D.; Ashley Liakos, Pharm.D.; Janelle Dykstra, Pharm.D.; Alexandra Simon, Pharm.D., PGY1 residents, Mercy Health Muskegon Clostridium difficile is a gram positive, anaerobic, spore-forming rod that is the leading cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. The prevalence of gastrointestinal colonization and subsequent infection with Clostridium difficile has been documented ...

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By Mary Beth O’Connell, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FCCP, FNAP, AGSF, professor, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit Every year, disasters and public health threats affect various populations and geographical areas. Since 1953, Michigan has experienced 37 disasters (see Figure 1).1 During disasters and threats, healthcare is needed to meet...

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By Dana Staat, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacy specialist, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Customer service? In hospital pharmacy? What does that even mean? When I Googled, “pharmacy customer service,” I was faced with over nine million results. While I didn’t delve into each one, none of the 20+ articles that I saw referred in any way to hospital pharmacy. The articles and websi...

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By Matthew Enell, Pharm.D., clinical informatics pharmacist, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor   Transitions of care (TOC) occur when a patient moves from one level of care to another. These transitions can be complicated and patients are at a higher risk for medication errors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services estimates that one in five Medicare patient discharges (about 2.6 millio...

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By Cathleen Edick, Pharm.D., CDE, pharmacy program manager, McLaren Greater Lansing, central regional representative   Prior to the busy summer months when the Capital Area Pharmacists Association (CAPA) is usually fairly quiet, CAPA was able to hold a continuing education (CE) and a social event during the month of May. On May 10, the Meijer pharmacy residents, Alexander Proux, Pharm.D. an...

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