Impact of Clinical Pharmacist Intervention on Clinical Outcomes in the Critical Care Unit, Taif City, Saudi Arabia: A Retrospective Study

Abdullah Althomali, Ahmed S. Altowairqi, Afnan Alghamdi, Musim Alotaibi, Abdulrahman Althubaiti, Abdulaziz Alqurashi, Adnan Alharbi, ALGARNI MAJED, Abdul Haseeb, Mohamed Hassan Elnaem, Faisal Saeed M Alsenani, Mahmoud E. Elrggal

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Abstract

(1) Objectives: Clinical pharmacists are now playing a significant role in hospitals aiming to reduce medication errors, adverse drug reactions, and healthcare costs. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to assess the interventions provided by a clinical pharmacist in the intensive care unit at the King Faisal Hospital in Taif city. (2) Methods: For this single-center retrospective study, patients were included from December 2021 to May 2022. In the present study, all the interventions of clinical pharmacists made over six months were included. The Intensive care unit (ICU) ward was covered by three clinical pharmacists, and the interventions made were categorized into four groups: (1) interventions related to indications; (2) interventions regarding safety; (3) interventions regarding dosing, and (4) miscellaneous. Descriptive statistics was applied to evaluate the results in the form of frequencies and percentages. Analysis was performed using the statistical package SPSS 20.0. (3) Results: Overall, a total of 404 interventions were recommended for 165 patients during the six- month period of study. Among them, 370 interventions (91.5%) were accepted by physicians. Among all the interventions, the majority were suggested regarding ‘indication’ (45.7%), including the addition of drugs, drugs with no indications, and duplication. The acceptance rate of clinical pharmacist intervention was 98.5%. (4) Conclusions: This retrospective study shows that clinical pharmacists played a critical role in optimizing drug therapy which could subsequently help to prevent drug-related issues and lower drug costs. More research is needed to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacy
Volume10
Issue number5
Early online date31 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 31 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • clinical pharmacist
  • clinical outcome
  • critical care unit
  • Saudi Arabia

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