Specialist critical care clinical pharmacists are integral members of the multidisciplinary ICU team.
They attend ICU rounds and work collaboratively with ICU medical, nursing and other allied health staff to ensure optimal drug therapy and outcomes for patients. Clinical pharmacists in the ICU have been demonstrated to reduce mortality and morbidity, improve medication safety and effectively manage drug costs.
In the Alfred ICU, a team of clinical pharmacists, including specialist and rotational training posts, provide a seven day a week clinical pharmacy service. As well as clinical services the pharmacists are actively involved in research and education, including clinical experiential placements for both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students. The Alfred ICU clinical pharmacists support and regularly present at The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia Introductory and Advanced Critical Care Study Days. See www.shpa.org.au. Contact the Senior Clinical Pharmacist ICU for more details.