Pharmacist's activities on a trauma response team in the emergency department

Asad E. Patanwala, Daniel P. Hays

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Purpose. The interventions of a clinical pharmacist on an emergency department (ED) trauma response team were studied. Methods. The study site was an academic, tertiary care hospital designated as a level 1 trauma center, with a clinical pharmacist present in the ED 40 hours per week. For a two-month period, interventions by the pharmacist in trauma cases were documented in an electronic qualityimprovement database. Results. A total of 304 interventions were recorded; the most common were dosage recommendations (60%) and provision of drug information (27%). The top five drug classes involved were analgesics, sedatives, antimicrobials, vaccines, and fluids. In 83% of the interventions, the pharmacist documented involvement in facilitating drug administration. Conclusion. A pharmacist participating on the ED trauma response team commonly provided dosage recommendations and drug information, facilitated drug administration, and optimized sedation, analgesia, and antimicrobial therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1536-1538
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 2010


  • Analgesics and antipyretics
  • Antiinfective agents
  • Anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics
  • Clinical pharmacists
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Dosage
  • Drug information
  • Hospitals
  • Interventions
  • Pharmaceutical services
  • Quality assurance
  • Team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy


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