Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Patient uses initiative to attract nurses

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

If anyone has ever been a patient in a hospital and tried the buzzer to get assistance from a nurse, then here is a new innovation to get attention.
Not that the nursing fraternity should shoulder the blame.
It's the politicians and the lack of political will to solve this issue and many others.
Congratulations to the patient and his initiative in dialling triple O.
Read the full story here:

Man rings triple-0 from hospital bed

Source: ABC Online

by Cate Grant

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2745829.htm

The hospital has moved high-dependency patients to a different area.

A man who was bleeding after surgery in a Tasmanian hospital had to call the triple-0 emergency number for help when he could not raise nurses.

The man woke from surgery in the Hobart Private Hospital to find he was bleeding from a wound drain.

After no-one responded to the nurse call bell or a phone call to the nurses' station, the patient resorted to calling the emergency number.

The hospital said the situation was unavoidable and occurred at a time when all nurses were busy with other patients.

The hospital has since moved high-dependency patients to another area.

The man took his case to the Tasmania's Health Complaints Commission which has recorded a 30 per cent increase in the number of complaints against health services.

The commission dealt with 243 complaints last financial year, mostly involving treatment, a lack of communication, difficult access and long waiting times.

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