Below is a summary of Rob’s EHR activity during his five day stay in the hospital. As a pharmacist, you are responsible for ensuring Rob receives the proper medications ordered by the physician. You are also responsible for reviewing any adverse reactions Rob might have. If he were taking any medications currently, you would have to know about possible interactions with new medications, both now and in the future. Using his EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Rob’s healthcare team.
Review Rob’s Inpatient EHR: You review Rob’s EHR and notice that he is currently taking a medication (listed under home medications). What medication is he taking?
Internet Research: What is this medication and what condition does it treat?
Internet Research: If Rob needs chemotherapy, how can the chemotherapy medication and having high blood pressure, treated with medication, impact Rob’s health?
Review Rob’s Inpatient EHR: The oncologist has prescribed additional medications to fight the lung cancer. List each medication.
Internet Research: Provide Rob with a brief explanation of each.
Internet Research: You realize that Rob’s test results indicate lung cancer and prepare information for him regarding chemotherapy and radiation – two possible treatments. What can you tell him about how the drugs/treatments are administered and their side effects?
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS): Emergency medical procedures in which basic life support efforts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are augmented by establishment of an IV fluid line; possible defibrillation; drug administration; control of cardiac arrhythmias; endotracheal intubation and use of ventilation equipment.
(“Definition of ACLS.” Aclscertification.com. ACLS Certification Institute, n.d. Web. 09 June 2014.)
Joule: The International System Unit of electrical, mechanical and thermal energy.
(“Joule.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 09 June 2014.)