Cake & Class & Conclave

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We baked a cake for our classmate Peter’s birthday last week. We decided to get creative and have a little fun with it. This is our “labeled” cake for Peter. In the lab, we create labels for each prescription to be put on a vial or an IV bag depending on the type of the medication needed. On this label, we must include patient pertinent information such as patient’s name, unique identification number and the name and direction of the medication being prescribed. As seen in the picture, this cake, Rx #102589 (medication number) was prescribed to Peter N. The direction states “400g P.O ASAP” which means take 400g by mouth as soon as possible. We also need the pharmacist’s signature on the label as written under RPh and must have another pharmacist check it and sign it under RPh check (omitted here). In this case, I guess Peter was both the patient AND a pharmacist. The hardest part of labeling is getting all the right information on there (sometimes it is more tricky with IV labeling, using military time and calculating beyond use date) and interpreting the abbreviations on the prescription. But like Dustin said, we will get better with practice.

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In Foundations of Pharmaceutical Care class, we learn about the ways to provide the optimal drug therapy to the patients using a method called pharmacotherapy work up. It is a sheet filled with patient related questions starting with his demographics, general attitude on taking medications, his expectations and concerns regarding the medications, and his adherence to the medications. It also encompasses the patient’s previous medication and drug therapy history, list of current medications, and the review of systems in order to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of current medications and to identify the need for additional drug therapy. In class, we are given some information about the patient (allergies, diseases, demographics, etc.,) and then we partner with one other person to go over this workup sheet as a patient and a pharmacist. This portion overlaps a lot with what we do in the lab, so it is a good way to reinforce what we learn with what we perform.

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I volunteered at the registration table during the Conclave with our Regent Taylor and Pledge Educator Ben. It was indeed fun complimenting people’s fabulous costumes and handing out t-shirts and name tags. A lot of people came, and I hope they all enjoyed the event and had time to explore Duluth!

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  1. Dustin

     /  November 4, 2013

    S- because you forgot the pharmacy’s name and phone number! Hehe, looks delicious


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