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Council meeting Oct. 2

September 23, 2013

1:30 - 5 p.m., Oct. 2 and 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 (Council development on Oct. 3)
Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Banff
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Council meetings are open to observers at council’s discretion. To reserve a seat, please call Leslie Ainslie at 780-990-0321, 1-877-227-3838 or email leslie.ainslie@pharmacists.ab.ca. Due to seating limitations...

4 benefits of better communication with patients

September 23, 2013

Many of the complaints ACP receives stem from patients frustrated by a lack of communication they have experienced at a pharmacy. Good communication results in:

  • Higher patient satisfaction,
  • Higher perceptions of quality,
  • Higher levels of trust, and
  • A grea...

Electronic signatures not acceptable

September 23, 2013

The standards of practice for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and physicians all state that electronic signatures on prescriptions are not allowed.

Guidance for dispensing Methadose™

September 23, 2013

Methadose™ is a standardized, concentrated (10mg/ml) oral solution that replaces compounded methadone for patients being treated for opioid dependence.

NOTE: Pharmacists may no longer dispense compounded methadonesince an identical product is now commercially available; dispensing compounded methadone would...

Practice profile: Teaming up for better patient care

September 10, 2013

It’s often said that the sum is greater than the individual parts. For the team and patients at the Pain and Palliative Care Clinic at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, these words couldn’t ring more true.

New needle, new syringe - every time!

September 10, 2013
Always:

Follow aseptic practices during the preparation and administration of injected medications.
Use medications packaged as single-use vials for only one patient.

Never:
Administer medications from the same syringe to more than one patient, even if the needle is ch...

Avoid needlestick injuries

September 10, 2013

Most needlestick injuries among pharmacists occur during peak flu vaccination months.1

1 de Perio, Marie A., “Needlestick Injuries among Employees at a Nationwide Retail Pharmacy Chain, 2000–2011,” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 33, No. 11, November 2012, pp. 1156-1158

Needlestick injuries are often associated w...

Observe patients for at least 15 minutes after vaccination

September 10, 2013

A study using the American Vaccine Adverse Reporting System found that 63% of syncopal (loss of consciousness) events occurred within 5 minutes of vaccination, and 89% occurred within 15 minutes. It is therefore prudent to keep the person in the clinic for 15 minute...

Requirement for safety-engineered needles

September 10, 2013

In July 2010, the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code changed to require employers to provide and ensure that any medical sharp is a safety-engineered medical sharp.

The code also requires employers to establish safe work procedures for employees required to use and disposal of medical sh...