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Pharmacy Research

The Pharmacy Department for Saint Luke’s Health System research endeavors in 2015 continued to find ways to insure patients achieve optimal outcomes through the use of medication. A number of important research initiatives helped provide safe and effective care. Among the initiatives undertaken were:

  • Modifying the dosing of intravenous immune globulin—an effective but expensive medication used to treat a variety of immunodeficiency, autoimmune, and infectious diseases—to be based on ideal body weight as opposed to adjusted or actual body weight
  • Evaluating the effect of bedside delivery of discharge medications and intensive pharmacist medication teaching to heart failure patients being discharged from the hospital on their 30-day readmissions to the hospital
  • Examining the clinical and fiscal impact of using one-half the dose of alteplase, an expensive clot-busting drug, on the clearance of clots in IV catheters
  • Assessment of changes instituted by Pharmacy to pneumococcal vaccine assessment procedures on the vaccination rates of at-risk patients admitted to the hospital
  • Impact of implementing a multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship program run by an infectious diseases physician and pharmacist on days of antibiotic treatment, infectious complications like C. difficile infections, resistance rates, and antimicrobial expenditures

Recent highlights

  • Nicholas Bennett, Pharm.D., BCPS; Sarah Boyd, M.D.; Kathleen Brosnahan, Pharm.D., CPHIMS; and Greg Teale, Pharm.D., BCPS, presented a poster titled “From Pilot to Practice: Implementation of a Multi-Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program” at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Joe Blunck, Pharm.D., BCPS, worked with pharmacy student Shane Salimenjad on a project titled “Economic Evaluation of Vasopressin Infusion Compounding Modification Across a Large Integrated Health System” at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Jeff Little, Pharm.D., MPH, BCPS, was installed as president of the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy at its annual meeting in Overland Park, Kan.
  • HyeJin Son, Pharm.D., and Kedra Blunck, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-Cardiology, completed a project titled “Effect of Heart Failure Discharge Medication Counseling and Bedside Prescription Delivery,” which was presented at the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Overland Park, Kan., and at the Midwest Pharmacy Resident’s Conference in Omaha, Neb.
  • Dr. Kedra Blunck was named Greater Kansas City Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2015 Pharmacist-of-the Year at its Annual Membership Drive Meeting in Overland Park, Kan.
  • Jill True Robke, Pharm.D., FASHP, BCPS, and Mark Woods, Pharm.D., FASHP, BCPS, worked with pharmacy students Bill Wilson, Mahalia Harrell, and Melissa Gaul on a project titled “Evaluation of Pneumococcal Vaccine Protocol at an Urban Health System.” This was presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Bryan Schuessler, Pharm.D., M.B.A., and Tiffany Trumbo, Pharm.D., presented “Analysis of High vs. Low Dose Alteplase in the Clearance of Catheter Occlusions” at the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Overland Park, Kan., and at the Midwest Pharmacy Resident’s Conference in Omaha, Neb. In addition, this project received runner-up recognition at Saint Luke’s Hospital’s Annual Research Day.
  • Leigh Ann Milburn, Pharm.D.; Joe Troung, Pharm.D.; and student extern Rachel Bruns completed a project titled “Appropriateness of Prescribing of Methylnaltrexone Within a Metropolitan Health System,” which was also presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Lai Kheng Chan, Pharm.D.; Justin Shewmaker, Pharm.D., BCPS; and Dr. Woods won first place in the Allied Health Division at Saint Luke’s Research Day for their presentation “Evaluating the Financial Impact of Intravenous Immune Globulin Dosing Based on Ideal Body Weight.” This was also presented at the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Overland Park, Kan., and at the Midwest Pharmacy Resident’s Conference in Omaha, Neb.
  • John McGuire, Pharm.D.; Lindsey DeZotell, Pharm.D., BCPS; Jennifer Guy, Pharm.D., BCPS; and Dr. Woods presented a descriptive study titled “Implementing Pharmacy Services in an Outpatient Pre-Transplant Clinic” at the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Overland Park, Kan., and at the Midwest Pharmacy Resident’s Conference in Omaha, Neb.
  • Dr. Milburn and Dr. Woods worked with pharmacy students Kerra Cissne and Megan Williams to develop and present the poster “Incidence and Evaluation of Naloxone Administration in Patients Receiving Hydromorphone” at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Jake Michalski, Pharm.D., BCPS, mentored pharmacy student Kyle McDaniel on another poster presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans titled “Evaluation of Parenteral Nutrition at a Regional Health System.”

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