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The Noosh Letter: Ants, Amazon, IVs and Weed

Posted on 10/16/15 | Comments

I’ve been thinking about ants, Amazon, IVs, and weed.

Whoever concluded we are direct descendants of apes must have missed Solomon’s advice about considering ants. Seriously, nonhuman primates travel light. More like ants, we humans spend our days schlepping stuff around. 

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Clinical Corner: Pharmacy is Getting Bigger (and Smaller)

Posted on 07/10/15 | Comments

My first paying job in pharmacy occurred after my high school graduation as a pharmacy technician at Laverdiere’s Pharmacy in Caribou, Maine. The local pharmacy was a pillar in the community and a place where people went to seek medical advice from the most trusted profession. I can remember my first day on the job with my newly pressed white lab coat and the pride I felt with helping people. I soon learned how to count by fives and the concept of fast movers.  

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The Noosh Letter: Today’s Impact on Tomorrow’s World

Posted on 07/01/15 | Comments

I’ve been thinking about how the work we do today may impact the world we live in tomorrow.

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The Noosh Letter: Paint the Ceiling

Posted on 06/10/15 | Comments

I’ve been thinking about pizza, ceilings, and what we want from airlines and caregivers.

I am a frequent flier, United 1K, in the interest of full disclosure.

Last week, I was chatting with a fellow passenger who holds the airline’s highest status—Global Services. You can guess what two road warriors who’ve endured a hundred thousand plus miles the previous year kibitz about when belted into uncomfortable seats in aluminum tubes and breathing stale air, while being served by generally gracious flight attendants whose executive leadership makes it increasingly difficult for them to serve their passengers. Where have all the pillows gone?

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Clinical Corner: Will Empiric Drug Therapy become a Thing of the Past?

Posted on 05/06/15 | Comments

Approximately 55% of patients receive an antibiotic during the course of their hospitalization; of those patients, about 40% are not receiving optimal therapy. It is estimated that a 30% reduction in broad spectrum antibiotic use would translate to a 26% decrease in C.diff.3

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Clinical Corner: Is there a Pharmacy School Bubble?

Posted on 12/17/14 | Comments

Pharmacy and healthcare has always been part of my life… literally. My father and grandfather are both graduates from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy with distinguished careers in retail pharmacy and ambulatory care. Growing up in a family of pharmacists, I watched my grandfather from a distance provide pharmacy care in Hartman’s Pharmacy in the small community of Melrose, Massachusetts. My father followed in his footsteps and opened a second Hartman’s Pharmacy in the small(er) community of Limestone, Maine.

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Clinical Corner: Fluid Management in Sepsis Could Lead to an Increase in Acute Kidney Injuries

Posted on 09/10/14 | Comments

Is fluid management in sepsis leading to an increase in Acute Kidney Injury? As September is recognized by the CDC as Sepsis Awareness Month, it is a good time to evaluate your sepsis protocol.

Approximately 5 to 6 percent of ICU patients will develop acute kidney injury (AKI) and 60 percent of these patients will die in the hospital. Of these patients, 47.5 percent also had sepsis. 1

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Clinical Corner: Pharmacy: Time to Look Ahead

Posted on 05/07/14 | Comments

I have been thinking a lot lately about the future of pharmacy. This is such an exceptional time in healthcare with change all about us. There is a lot of focus on "value" in health care at this time; value-based programs are everywhere.

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Clinical Corner: The Impact of Drug Shortages on Patient Safety

Posted on 03/05/14 | Comments

In recent years, the United States has experienced an increasing number of drug shortages, which frustrate clinicians and potentially compromise safe care of patients. Drug shortages affect the timeliness of drug preparation and dispensing and influence the use of alternative agents. Common reasons for drug shortages include business decisions made by manufacturers to decrease production, mergers, scarcity of raw materials, Federal Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement actions, natural disasters, and poor inventory management.

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Clinical Corner: Measuring Clinical Impact of Your Inpatient Anticoagulation Program – What Are You Doing?

Posted on 12/04/13 | Comments

Pharmacy is a discipline that can have a dramatic effect on patient care but that impact is not always measured or reported. When it comes to anticoagulant medications, pharmacist-driven programs can help improve anticoagulation safety, as seen in Pharmacy Practice News.

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