by Chris Zielenski, BCH Pharamacy Clinical Coordinator
BCH staff and two of our previous students were recently published in The
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) for our work to improve
how we replace and maintain electrolyte balance in our hospital patients
-- vital for muscle function, including the heart.
AJHP is the official publication of the American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists. It publishes peer reviewed scientific papers on contemporary
drug therapy and pharmacy practice innovations in hospitals and health
systems. With a circulation of more than 43,000, AJHP is the most widely
recognized and respected clinical pharmacy journal in the world.
Our collective work focused on replacing electrolytes of patients staying
in the hospital -- important because maintaining electrolyte balance is
required for muscle function, including the heart. We developed an electronic
method for standardizing care. This process improvement initiative improved
safety and patient care. This improvement occurred through collaboration
with other departments at BCH, including information technology, nursing,
pharmacy and physicians.
It is a wonderful honor for our work to be featured in AJHP -- the premier
journal for health-system pharmacy. Publication in this journal provides
international recognition to BCH as an innovator in the field of pharmacy practice.
Thanks and congratulations to the team:
Tien Le – IT
Adam Crabtree – Informatics
Alyse Marlatt – IT
Dana Ng – Pharmacy student (at the time)
Alan Tran – Pharmacy student (at the time)