Pharmacist and Patient Education of Inhaler Technique
To evaluate the impact of the clinical pharmacokinetics consultation service on the use of gentamicin serum levels at a university hospital, a retrospective and two post-intervention audits were carried out over a total period of 38 months. Analysis of gentamicin orders from different hospital's wards was performed. Percentage of the uninterpretable results and the pcrcentage of sub-therapeutic and taxie leve1s were compared for the retro- spective and post-intervention parts of the study. In addition, acceptance of the pharmacokinetics service recommendations by the medical team were determined. A significant reduction of the total assay wastage was achieved in bath postintervention audits. Inappropriate timing of blood samples reached zero in the second post-intervention part of the study. Acceptance of the clinical pharmacist's recommendations by the medical team incrcased to reach 85% of overall recommendations. It is concluded that introduction of the clinical pharmacokinetics consultation service had a positive impact on the use of gentamicin assay.It dccreased total assay wastage and gained increasing acccptance by the medical team.
Noreddin A. Pharmacist and patient education of inhaler technique. Bull. Fac. Pharm. Cairo University. 1996;34(1):159-61.