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Department of Pharmacy
Pharmacy practice at Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing excellence in pharmaceutical care. We are dedicated to the continuous improvement of the cognitive and distributive services that make up the framework of our care delivery processes. This is accomplished through our dedicated teams of well-trained professional and technical staffs, utilizing state-of-the-art systems that consistently and accurately provide optimum patient outcomes and safety within the medication use cycle.
Scope of service
The pharmacy is structured to provide the scope of service required of all patients being treated at Boston Children's Hospital.
Pharmacists are involved in all aspects of medication therapy management, including house-wide medication order review and through participation in all medication distribution activities. Pharmacists also participate in patient care team rounds and help determine appropriate pharmaceutical products for each patient based on patient needs. Pharmacists also provide drug information, pharmacokinetic services, renal dose adjustment and drug-drug interaction review.
Both technicians and pharmacists are involved in our complete IV admixture and unit dose system, which provides medications in ready-to-use form. The program is supplemented by decentralized automated dispensing devices (Pyxis) providing controlled ready access to medications. These systems and resources equip the pharmacy to meet the complex treatment and support required of patients in an academic medical center.
Clinical staff practice in areas with complex and high-risk medication therapy includes critical care, emergency services, infectious disease, cardiology, transplantation, medicine, ambulatory care, oncology, surgery and trauma. The staff is aided by hospital and pharmacy information systems to provide the best possible up-to-date patient information and decision support.
Pharmaceutical care services are provided via groups of teams deployed throughout the hospital. Pharmacists are involved in all aspects of medication therapy management, including active participation in patient care team rounds, house-wide medication order review and through participation in all medication distribution activities. Pharmacists determine the appropriate pharmaceutical product needed for each patient based on patient needs. Pharmacists also provide drug information, pharmacokinetic services, renal dose adjustment, drug-drug interaction review, code response and antimicrobial stewardship to assist in improved outcomes for patients at Children's Hospital, Boston
Pharmacist core responsibilities
- Patient care team participation
- Clinical services
- Therapeutic drug monitoring
- Patient education
- Medication utilization evaluations
- Parenteral nutrition monitoring
- Investigational drug studies
- Drug preparation (sterile and non-sterile)
A little more about us
- 7 satellite pharmacies
- 50 full-time pharmacists
- 70 percent of pharmacists have PharmD degree
- 30 percent of pharmacists are residency-trained
- 8 clinical teams
- Services 24 hours a day
- > 350,000 medication orders processed annually
- > 3.3 million doses dispensed annually
- Web-based drug information service
- ASHP-accredited PGY2 Pediatric Residency Program
- A primary clinical clerkship site for students from Massachussetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University