Perioperative clinical pharmacy practice: Responsibilities and scope within the surgical care continuum

Gourang P. Patel, Sara J. Hyland, Kara L. Birrer, Rachel C. Wolfe, Jenna K. Lovely, April N. Smith, Russell L. Dixon, Eric G. Johnson, Marian L. Gaviola, Amanda Giancarelli, William R. Vincent, Carole Richardson, Richard H. Parrish

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Abstract

Current published guidelines for perioperative pharmacy services have limited information on the development and implementation of a robust clinical pharmacy program across the surgical continuum of care. This publication defines the responsibilities and scope of practice of the Perioperative Clinical Pharmacist (PCPh), supporting the PCPh as a critical member of the interprofessional surgical patient care team. Opportunities for pharmacist role integration into perioperative medication management processes are described along with published examples of successful PCPh practice models, including those with interventions targeted toward Enhanced Recovery Pathways (ERP). Recommended training and competencies for future and practicing perioperative pharmacists, in addition to considerations for precepting and scholarly activities, are also outlined. Finally, future developments in perioperative pharmacy practice are discussed, including technological advancements, improved predictive models, and expansion of collaborative practice agreements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-519
Number of pages19
JournalJACCP Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • anesthesia
  • clinical pharmacist
  • pharmacotherapy
  • surgery

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