A primer on critical care pharmacy services

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The intensive care unit (ICU) continues to be a major focus of decentralized pharmacy activities in health systems that care for critically ill patients. This is not surprising, given the need for rapid decision-making involving unstable patients, the large number of powerful medications typically used per patient, the high cost of many drugs used in the ICU and, most importantly, the evidence demonstrating the benefits of having a pharmacist as part of an interdisciplinary team. The purpose of this paper is to highlight important issues to consider when introducing or developing critical care pharmacy services beginning with the establishment of basic services and continuing through practitioner development, guideline/ protocol development and implementation, patient safety, residency training, and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1871-1881
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Critical care
  • Interdisciplinary pharmacy practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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