They are the medication experts ensuring patients get the
right dose of the right drug and avoid dangerous combinations.
September 25 is World Pharmacists Day and Westmead Hospital
staff are taking the opportunity to thank their colleagues for all they do.
Intensive care unit (ICU) nurse Sylvia Fobi put it best when
she said pharmacists are like walking textbooks.
“If you don’t know something, they will be able to give
advice. This is especially important in the ICU setting with the way we need to
administer drugs urgently,” Sylvia said.
“Pharmacists flag and correct errors, and make us aware of
how to give certain drugs.”
Pharmacists are available around the hospital to give advice
on correct dosage and administration, as well as protect against potentially
dangerous mistakes and side effects.
They also help staff stay up to date with the latest
medications in the constantly-changing world of pharmacology.
Pharmacists are an integral part of a hospital, especially
in the emergency department, cardiology unit, renal unit, ICU and geriatric
wards where patients are often on a complex array of multiple medications.
WSLHD chief medical information officer Naren Gunja works
with pharmacists every day through his roles in emergency medicine, toxicology
and electronic medication management.
“Their dedication to patient safety and reducing medication
errors in the hospital is unparalleled,” Naren said.
“I wish all pharmacists, both the clinical and electronic
kind, a happy World Pharmacists Day to celebrate their achievements.”