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Farmacia Hospitalaria

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GARCIA-MARTIN, Ángeles et al. Perception survey on the value of the hospital pharmacist at the emergency department. Farm Hosp. [online]. 2017, vol.41, n.3, pp.357-370. ISSN 2171-8695.


To determine the perception and evaluation of the Emergency pharmacist by the medical and nursing staff at the Emergency department.


A multicenter study based on a survey sent to the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacists (SEFH) for Emergency pharmacists (EPh) to distribute among the Emergency staff. Descriptive statistics were used, with a 95% confidence interval.


102 (12%) questionnaires were completed by 73 Emergency Physicians (71.6%) and 29 Emergency Nurses (28.4%), out of 835 surveys sent. The most common pharmaceutical activities, and perceived as more relevant for patient safety, were: consultation solution, prescription validation, and medication reconciliation. 63% of respondents supported the prospective review of high-risk medications, while 89% believed that the Pharmacist improves the quality of care. EPh are considered useful for training healthcare staff and patients, and 77% of respondents considered them as an integral member of the team. They would resort more to Pharmacists if they were present at the hospital department.


The results show the acceptance of Hospital Pharmacists in the Emergency Department; their functions are known and valued. They are considered an integral member of the team, who will provide safety and improve patient care.

Medication reconciliation and prescription validation are highlighted because of their relevance in terms of safety. Further studies are needed to assess health outcomes and their economic impact.

Keywords : Clinical pharmacist; Emergency care; Survey; Multidisciplinary team; Patient safety.

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