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Pharmacist disaster

Amy Helene Schnall, Joseph Jay Roth, Lisa LaPlace Ekpo, Irene Guendel, Michelle Davis, Esther M Ellis
OBJECTIVES: Two Category 5 storms, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, hit the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) within 13 days of each other in September 2017. These storms caused catastrophic damage across the territory, including widespread loss of power, destruction of homes, and devastation of critical infrastructure. During large scale disasters such as Hurricanes Irma and Maria, public health surveillance is an important tool to track emerging illnesses and injuries, identify at-risk populations, and assess the effectiveness of response efforts...
February 2019: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Kaitlyn E Watson, Vivienne Tippett, Judith A Singleton, Lisa M Nissen
BACKGROUND: In addition to the traditional logistics role, pharmacists are undertaking important new roles in disasters. Despite this, little is known about the level of acceptance of these activities by other providers.ProblemThe aim of this study was to determine the international opinion of disaster and health professionals regarding the emerging roles of pharmacists in disasters. METHODS: Delegates at the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine's (WADEM; Madison, Wisconsin USA) 20th Congress in Toronto, Canada (April 2017) were invited to complete an anonymous survey posing eight questions regarding attitudes towards pharmacists' roles in disasters...
January 3, 2019: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Kyle Melin, Carlos E Rodríguez-Díaz
One year ago, Hurricane Maria passed over the archipelago of Puerto Rico, leaving widespread disruption of nearly all human services, including the health care sector. In the aftermath of the hurricane, limited access to medical care and prescription medications presented a serious challenge to maintaining control of preexisting chronic diseases. Many patients did not have access to refrigeration for heat-sensitive medications. Significant dietary changes due to the limited availability of shelf-stable foods further exacerbated chronic conditions such as heart failure and diabetes...
January 2018: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
Mina Shrestha, Rebekah Moles, Eurek Ranjit, Betty Chaar
BACKGROUND: Accessibility and affordability of evidence-based medicines are issues of global concern. For low-income countries like Nepal, it is crucial to have easy and reliable access to affordable, good-quality, evidence-based medicines, especially in the aftermath of natural or manmade disasters. Availability of affordable and evidence-based high quality medicines depends on the medicine procurement procedure, which makes it an important aspect of healthcare delivery. In this study, we aimed to investigate medicine procurement practices in hospital pharmacies of Nepal within the framework of International Pharmaceutical Federation [FIP] hospital pharmacy guidelines "the Basel Statements"...
2018: PloS One
Kyle Melin, Wanda T Maldonado, Angel López-Candales
The destruction in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria brought an increased demand for health care services while severely limiting the health care system's ability to provide patient care. Immediately following the hurricane, countless patients found themselves in a situation without their medications for both acute and chronic conditions. Many of these patients turned first to community pharmacies for access to their medications. In this letter, we describe the response of pharmacists to the needs of their communities following the natural disaster, Hurricane Maria, and summarize some lessons learned from the experience that may be useful in future disaster planning...
May 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Navaneeth Narayanan, Clifton R Lacy, Joseph E Cruz, Meghan Nahass, Jonathan Karp, Joseph A Barone, Evelyn R Hermes-DeSantis
Biological disasters can be natural, accidental, or intentional. Biological threats have made a lasting impact on civilization. This review focuses on agents of clinical significance, bioterrorism, and national security, specifically Category A agents (anthrax, botulism, plague, tularemia, and smallpox), as well as briefly discusses other naturally emerging infections of public health significance, Ebola virus (also a Category A agent) and Zika virus. The role of pharmacists in disaster preparedness and disaster response is multifaceted and important...
February 2018: Pharmacotherapy
Amanda Fuller Moore, Lella Kenworthy
After hurricane Matthew devastated southeastern North Carolina on October 8, 2016, health care providers and medical volunteers from various regions in North Carolina and from other surrounding states pulled together to initiate emergency medical services. Along with other healthcare providers, pharmacists played a key role in relief efforts. By using their broad knowledge of medicine and healthcare to efficiently utilize limited resources, pharmacists were vital in providing patient care. Their skills and knowledge make them a valuable resource in disaster relief...
May 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
Mohammad Alkhalili, Janice Ma, Sylvain Grenier
Ongoing provision of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies is of key importance during and following a disaster or other emergency event. An effectively coordinated response involving locally available pharmacy personnel-drawing upon the efforts of licensed pharmacists and unlicensed support staff-can help to mitigate harms and alleviate hardship in a community after emergency events. However, pharmacists and their counterparts generally receive limited training in disaster medicine and emergency preparedness as part of their initial qualifications, even in countries with well-developed professional education programs...
August 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Heath Ford, Shane Trent, Stephen Wickizer
OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of an accidental release of volatilized acrylonitrile on pharmacy services in Blount County, Tennessee. METHODS: A paper questionnaire was mailed to all pharmacies located in Blount County, Tennessee. The questionnaire assessed 5 domains relevant to pharmacy services after the derailment disaster: (1) disaster preparedness, (2) disaster response, (3) disaster information source awareness, (4) Pharmacy Practice Act amendment preference, and (5) pharmacy impact...
January 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Masakazu Ishii, Hirotaka Katoh, Masaaki Ishibashi, Mizuki Ichikawa, Shinji Kurokawa, Setsuro Tsukada, Hideyo Kasai, Yuji Kiuchi, Sanju Iwamoto
We herein analyzed the issues that pharmacists in a community pharmacy in peacetime need to prepare for regarding headache medical care in emergencies (the state that supply of medical supplies is difficult) using a questionnaire intended for doctors and pharmacists in a community pharmacy. Recovery rates were 48.0% (96/200) for doctors and 37.3% (112/300) for pharmacists. In order to distinguish between patients for whom pharmacists need to "recommend OTC drugs" and those who need to be encouraged "to consult a hospital or clinic", doctors indicated that pharmacists need to use an "assistance tool to diagnosis headaches, such as a migraine screener" and "guidelines for chronic headaches"...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Vibhuti Arya, Eric Medina, Allison Scaccia, Cathleen Mathew, David Starr
Hurricane Sandy was one of the most severe natural disasters to hit the Mid-Atlantic States in recent history. Community pharmacies were among the businesses affected, with flooding and power outages significantly reducing services offered by many pharmacies. The objectives of our study were to assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy on community pharmacies, both independently owned and chain, in the severely affected areas of New York City (NYC), including Coney Island, Staten Island, and the Rockaways, using qualitative methods, and propose strategies to mitigate the impact of future storms and disasters...
2016: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
Denise A Epp, Yoshirou Tanno, Anita Brown, Bob Brown
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July 2016: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ
Ross T Tsuyuki
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July 2016: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ
Tomohisa Yasuhara, Hiroki Kondo, Misa Nagata, Kana Iwata, Taro Kushihata, Satoko Katsuragi, Junko Ikeuchi, Tomomichi Sone
In 2014, there were about 160 thousands community pharmacists in Japan. Community pharmacists are health care workers who help victims in a disaster and are potential resources who can provide disaster relief. However, currently the disaster relief activities of community pharmacists are merely a resourceful and flexible demonstration of their professional abilities and not a specifically organized activity. Therefore, disaster relief education programs for community pharmacists are being explored and studies are still in the nascent stage...
October 1, 2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Adam Pate, Jeffrey P Bratberg, Courtney Robertson, Gregory Smith
Objective. To describe the implementation and effect of an emergency preparedness laboratory activity on student knowledge, willingness to participate in emergency preparedness training, current level of preparedness, and the importance of a pharmacist's role in disaster response. Design. Second-year pharmacy students in the infectious disease module participated in a laboratory activity based on a basic disaster response tabletop exercise format. Three case-based scenarios involving infectious diseases were created by participating faculty members...
April 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Ashley N Hannings, Trina von Waldner, Deanna W McEwen, Catherine A White
Objective. To determine the impact of emergency preparedness simulations in mass triage and mass dispensing on student pharmacist performance and perceived competency when assuming pharmacist roles in disaster situations. Design. Second-year student pharmacists (144) completed two 3-hour simulations focusing on mass triage and mass dispensing. The mass triage simulation consisted of virtual and live victims to be triaged and assigned a transport order. In the mass dispensing simulation, students assumed patient and pharmacist roles in a point-of-dispensing exercise for influenza...
March 25, 2016: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Pey Wen Mak, Judith Singleton
BACKGROUND: The past decade has seen a rapid change in the climate system with an increased risk of extreme weather events. On and following the 3rd of January 2013, Tasmania experienced three catastrophic bushfires, which led to the evacuation of several communities, the loss of many properties, and a financial cost of approximately AUD$80 million. OBJECTIVE: To explore the impacts of the 2012/2013 Tasmanian bushfires on community pharmacies. METHOD: Qualitative research methods were undertaken, employing semi-structured telephone interviews with a purposive sample of seven Tasmanian pharmacists...
January 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Mark Gonzalez
This article reviews the personal experiences of a compounding pharmacist while on a mission trip to Port au Prince, Haiti. The author's purpose of this article is to provide one of the many examples of how the time, talents, and resources of compounding pharmacists and compounding pharmacies can change not only the lives of others but can be a wake-up call for those pharmacists who have become complacent in their profession. The article also provides tips on dealing with some of the challenges-a compounding pharmacist may face when working in the mission field...
May 2015: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
Takumi Yamaguchi, Mamoru Tanaka, Akihiro Tanaka, Yoshirou Miyauchi, Hiroaki Araki, Hiroyuki Namba
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, municipalities, and medical organizations have made various revisions to medical systems employed at the time of a disaster. To educate pharmacists who can contribute to medical teams conducting healthcare activities at the time of disasters, there is a need to develop disaster medical instructions in pharmaceutical education. However, the "Model Core Curriculum for Pharmaceutical Education", a new curriculum, contains little disaster medical care education...
2015: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
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July 2015: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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