A famous quote by Alexander Strauch is, ‘Hospitality is the flesh and muscles on bones of love’. Very often people have a concept that in hospitals there are the physicians and nurses only, but let me correct this concept. A third more generous and devoted group of people called hospital pharmacists also works side by side with both nurses and physicians to keep the system running.
Hospital pharmacy is a sacred department that exists within the premises of hospital acquaint with a large stock of medicines and drugs and responsible for the supply of these health gaining items in both hospital wards and ambulatory patients. This department is supervised by a potentially competent, legally qualified and completely testified Chief Pharmacist and his staff, which attentively and scrupulously keep their eyes and hands while providing, dispensing and compounding medications to both in and out-patient.
What are the services provided by the hospital pharmacist? Observing from an observer’s eye, a hospital pharmacist looks like specie wearing a white coat, standing beside a counter and providing medicines written on the prescription paper. Well, there are many responsibilities of a good hospital pharmacists and pharmacy, a few of them included here:
• It could be depicted with a dictionary of drugs possessing not only the names of different drugs, but accompanied with a comprehensive knowledge of drugs; their use, interactions, side effects, adverse effects, composition, chemical constituents etc. and the uniqueness of this hospital dictionary is that this information is fed into the pharmacist’s brain rather than being written on pieces of papers.
• This provides a large benefit to health care institutions, patients and to this profession.
• Unlike an ordinary pharmacist’s, hospital pharmacists have many more jobs to do, he performed a variety of services at a time
Sometimes, he acts like seller who read the prescription, verifies the information and then grants the medicine to patients.
A retailer who maintains the all hospital records how much stock of drugs are available and how much will be needed in the future, ordering the stocking prescriptions and over the counter medications.
Sometimes clinical pharmacists who look after the patient drug profile and reduce the possible adverse outcomes by maintaining his profile.
He also acts as a record keeper who maintains all the records of patient’s medication profile, history and refill of the prescription record to avoid the risks of rational drug use.
Sometimes he handles the section of research work.
He can also joins the group of quality control, and sometimes he has to offer his services in dispensing, compounding drugs by accurately measuring the amount and mixing it in correct proportion. He also acts as a patient’s adviser and care taker,
So, summarizing all these services it is concluded that the hospital pharmacist’s should be trained in all the fields of pharmacy practice and he actually serves as a muscle and flesh in providing hospitality to patients as a part of their love.