Pharmacists are the most accessible health provider in the system. They are well positioned to provide information and support to Saskatchewan residents on medication management, health promotion, and minor ailments. Pharmacists work in many different settings, all of which are dedicated to improving patient care.
Community pharmacists are available through the province in pharmacies and are often the people you talk to regarding your drug therapy. Many community pharmacists are also specialists in chronic disease management.
For example, pharmacists provide specific information related to diabetes, asthma, menopause and other conditions. Without appointment, and outside of regular business hours, pharmacists are available and happy to lend a hand and provide some expertise. Whether it has to do with quitting smoking, choosing a cough medicine, or inquiring into the side effects of a prescription medication, your pharmacist is a well of knowledge.
Less visible, but equally as crucial to patient care, are hospital pharmacists. These pharmacists work in acute care and rural hospitals, rehabilitation centres, cancer centres, primary care practices, administration, ambulatory clinics (such as Anticoagulation Management Services, Home Dialysis, the Mosaic Heart Failure Clinic, and the Saskatchewan Transplant Program). Counselling patients and families, monitoring drug levels and initiating dosage adjustments, educating other health care professionals, critically reviewing and partaking in clinical trials, participating in formal medical rounds on intensive care units (including adult, pediatric, and neonatal), and conducting research are just a snapshot of the activities of a hospital pharmacist.
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