Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A quick word from des moines
Family- I started my new rotation this week and consequently have been extremely busy and tired. I am working at Broadlawns Medical Center which is the county hospital here in good 'ole Polk County Iowa. The population is quite interesting. My preceptor is awesome, he graduated Drake in 2006 so he is the youngest faculty member we have. I am working in an anticoagulation clinic, in other words, we work with people who are on Coumadin which is used to prevent blood clots bit often can cause bleeding. They come into our clinic MWF and we go over their labs and make adjustments to their dose. The best part if our collaborative practive agreement that we have. For those of you who aren't down with the lawyer talk, this means that we are partnered with the physicians in the hospital. This way we (and by the end of next week "we" becomes "me") can change the dose of the drug without contacting the physician. Its a relatively new practice to the profession of pharmacy and is a great stride in management of patients. In fact, studies show that patient managed in anticoag. clinics have better outcomes than those managed by physicians. Other than that, I am doing great but will be really busy the next 5 weeks before reports to St. Lukes and keeping mom company. See you all the in two weeks!