Evaluation of Interventions Made by Pharmacists with Access to an Antibiotic Stewardship Report in a Children’s Hospital

Service: Trial Number:
148-12
Principal Investigator:
Susan Mckamy
Conducted at:
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach
Currently enrolling additional patients:
Yes

This study seeks to describe and examine the types of interventions made by pharmacists at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB), who have access to an ongoing report that identifies patients on antibiotic therapy. Secondary objectives are to determine the number of pharmacist-initiated interventions that are accepted and to analyze whether there is an association between the experience of the intervening pharmacist (defined as the number of years the pharmacist has been in practice) and the number and types of interventions made. Results of this study may benefit future patients by supporting development and expansion of pharmacy protocols and services at MCHLB that will ensure continued hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship and improve the quality of patient care. Enhancing the pharmacy department’s awareness of the types of interventions made by pharmacists would also aid in the education and development of new pharmacy practitioners. This study is a retrospective, descriptive chart review of interventions made by pharmacists as part of an ongoing antimicrobial stewardship program at MCHLB. Data will be gathered about interventions documented on an antibiotic stewardship report during the period from July 2012 through March 2013.

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