International Journal of Hospital Pharmacy


Simulated Cases in Clinical Training for Pharmacists

Case Report of International Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Simulated Cases in Clinical Training for Pharmacists Hale Z. Toklu1,2  1 North Florida Regional Medical Center, Department of Graduate Medical Education 2 University of Central Florida College of Medicine Clinical classes are the milestones that help pharmacy students gain clinical competency and to prepare them for their professional life. Although didactic methods provide theoretical knowledge, the retention rate of information is relatively low when compared with problem based teaching methods. Simulators such as high fidelity mannequins or standardized simulated patients are often preferred by clinical teachers in schools that teach health profession. High and low fidelity mannequins, and computerized simulators require a cost and dedicated space, which can be a disadvantage. On the other hand, standardized patients are advantageous to develop communication skills. Hence, use of simulation based methods in clinical training are useful in general, because they lead students to self-directed learning strategies, critical thinking and rational decision-making. Therefore, dissemination of simulation techniques is important to improve clinical skills.  Keywords: simulation; pharmacy education; problem based learning; pharmacist; clinical courses,; curriculum ...

An Assessment of Knowledge and Evaluation of Risk on Developing Type II Diabetes Mellitus- a Prospective Study

Case Report of International Journal of Hospital Pharmacy An Assessment of Knowledge and Evaluation of Risk on Developing Type II Diabetes Mellitus- a Prospective Study Ms. ANCY PAUL*a, Ms. ANJU PAULa, Ms. SONA BENNYa, Mrs. DEEPTHI. C. DENNYb, Mrs. LINCY GEORGEc, Dr. K. KRISHNAKUMARd, Dr. L. Panayappane a (Pharm. D), Department of Pharmacy Practice, St. James College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chalakudy, b M.Pharm, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, St. James College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chalakudy, c M.Pharm, (Ph.D), Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, St.James College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chalakudy, d M.Pharm, Ph.D, Principal, St. James College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chalakudy, eM.Pharm, Ph.D, Head of Department of Pharmacy Practice. Background: As per WHO definition Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Recent study estimates that there were 171 million people in the world with diabetes in the year 2000 and this is projected to increase to 366 million by 2030. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Aim: To identify and improve the level of knowledge in type II Diabetes and to evaluate risk of developing type II DM among non-diabetics attending tertiary care hospital. Methods: A qualitative observational interview based method was conducted out in a 450 bedded tertiary care hospital for a period of 6 months. Patient data was collected through structured form and evaluated using standard validated scales DKQ – 24 item questionnaire form and Type II Diabetes Risk Assessment form. All patients admitted with Type II DM with/ without co-morbidities in the age range of 18-70years will be selected. The patients with increased risk of developing Type II DM will also be evaluated. The patients who are not interested ...

Case report of west syndrome: a rare severe epilepsy in infants

Case Report of International Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Case report of west syndrome: a rare severe epilepsy in infants G. Pravalika1, Sushanta Kr Das1 and Saurabh Gupta2*  1Department of Pharm. D, CMR College of Pharmacy, Kandlakoya (V)-501 401, Hyderabad, India 2Department of Pharmacology, Indore Institute of Pharmacy, Rau pithumpur road-45331, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India West syndrome (WS) also known as infantile spasms, is severe form of epilepsy of early childhood was first describe in 1840s. WS presents with myoclonic-tonic seizures (spasms) characterized by flexor, extensor or mixed movements with distinct electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern of hypsarrthmia and psychomotor arrest. Prevalence rate is ~ 4.0 cases per 10,000 children. Peak age of beginning is between 3 and 7 months; onset after 18 months is rare. Recent guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society for medical treatment of WS, recommends that ACTH is probably effective and vigabatrin is possibly effective in cessation of spasms of hypsarrhythmia. Although discovered 160 years ago, still its diagnosis, assessment and management continue to create many challenges to health care professionals and affected families. In this case of a 3 yr old male child was admitted for long period of almost 2 months before being discharged. This case was confirmed early but due to its complexity it took long time to get complete resolve of situation. ACTH with Valproate was found to effective; though ACTH showed some reactions still it was considered the best available medicine for WS. In conclusion, early detection and referral to a pediatric neurologist for clinical evaluation and prompt effective treatment is strongly recommended as it may improve prognosis ...

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