Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
Expanded role for pharmacists during disasters
During disasters, the focus of healthcare provision is primarily on the influx of acutely injured victims.
Emergency services and hospitals in the aftermath of a disaster generally do not have the resources and capacity to accommodate those with chronic diseases requiring access to basic medical services rather than emergency care. Consequently, during disasters, chronic disease patients struggle to obtain supply of their medications – many of which are life-saving where even a single dose cannot be missed
Acknowledging that pharmacists could be better utilized in disasters, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) released guidelines to help pharmacists continue to provide effective care during natural disasters.These guidelines outline the roles and responsibilities pharmacists could be undertaking at the government, industry, hospital and community pharmacy levels globally. FIP suggested expanded pharmacists’ roles could include emergency prescribing, prescribing and administering vaccinations, providing first aid, managing chronic disease treatments, triaging and screening, treating minor ailments, and dispensing and counselling on medications.
The article discusess the role of pharmacists in natural and manmade disasters more specifically what pharmacists can do if disasters occur in Australia.
Community Health Services
Emergency Medical Services
Primary Health Care
Porter, K. E., Singleton, J. A., Tippett, V., & Nissen, L. M. (2018). Ready, willing and able: the role of pharmacists in natural and manmade disasters - can we do more? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 26(2), 195–196.