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Introduction of pharmacy technicians onto a busy oncology ward as part of the nursing team
  1. A Sinclair,
  2. C Eyre,
  3. H Petts,
  4. R Shuard,
  5. J Correa,
  6. A Guerin
  1. Department of Pharmacy, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor A Sinclair Pharmacy Department, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK; anthony.sinclair{at}bch.nhs.uk

Abstract

A project was planned to explore the practicality of using pharmacy technicians to support the workload of nursing teams on a busy haematology oncology ward of 28 beds in a university acute care children's hospital of 300 beds. The question asked was, could pharmacy technicians be part of the nursing team to undertake what has traditionally been considered a nursing role? Three pharmacy technicians were trained and participated in the study. Assisting in the preparation and administration of 509 intravenous injections out of a possible 1123 (45%) of all intravenous injections prepared on the ward during the study period. The results indicated a reduction in adverse events of 1–2 a day during the study period, a reduction in work-related stress by nursing staff associated with preparing complex medication and releasing a nurse, 4 hours a day to enable them additional time to care for patients.

  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • I.V. injections
  • preparation and adminstration
  • Checklists
  • Drug Error reduction
  • Skill mix

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