The Iowa Lutheran Hospital Pharmacy Team's innovation in patient care is evident in their Transitional Care Unit where pharmacists round daily, review each patient, and have a 90% approval rating of interventions.
As a pharmacist working in one of only forty-two Emergency Rooms across the country that currently employ pharmacists, Matt Hubble is working to expand the role of pharmacy in new and innovative ways. In our interview with him, Dr. Hubble details how he chose this demanding and ground-breaking career path, challenges he has faced and continues to face, as well as advice for other pharmacists hoping to follow in his footsteps.
When DeeAnn came to Guthrie County Hospital the pharmacy department consisted of a part-time community pharmacist as a consultant. Now the practice is flourishing with two full time pharmacist positions who provide both inpatient and outpatient services.
Through collaboration with other hospital specialists Dr. Geoff Wall has successfully implemented a pharmacist run penicillin allergy skin testing program. Through the use of Pre-Pen® (benzylpenicilloyl polylysine), penicillin G, histamine and saline they have perfected the technique to identify a patient’s reaction to the metabolite of penicillin that is responsible for most dangerous allergic reactions to penicillin. This testing reopens the arsenal in situations where penicillin or a derivative is the best treatment option.
Dr. Wenzel established an innovative headache clerkship for PharmD candidates, as well as for pharmacy residents. The knowledge and encouragement he provides to his rotations students earned him the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences “Preceptor of the Year” award in 2005.