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Surgical pharmacy: the knowledge system of surgical pharmacists
  1. Zhihua Zheng1,
  2. Junyan Wu2,
  3. Li Wei3,
  4. Xiaoyan Li4,
  5. Bo Ji5,
  6. Hongwei Wu6
  1. 1 Guangdong Province Pharmaceutical Association, Guangzhou, China
  2. 2 Department of Pharmacy, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  3. 3 Department of Pharmacy, The First Affiliate Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  4. 4 Department of Pharmacy, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  5. 5 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, General Hospital of Southern Theater Command of PLA, Guangzhou, China
  6. 6 Department of Pharmacy, The First Affiliated Hospital/School of Clinical Medicine of Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zhihua Zheng, Guangdong Province Pharmaceutical Association, Guangzhou 510080, China; snownotrace{at}

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After creating the position of surgical pharmacist in China,1 we have thought about the knowledge system of surgical pharmacists. Surgical pharmacists play a unique role in clinical practice, and so they must have a unique knowledge system, which we have named ‘surgical pharmacy’.

We defined surgical pharmacy as a discipline that studies the characteristics of perioperative medication, seeks the most suitable medication therapy, and addresses drug-related problems for perioperative patients, to improve the clinical outcome of these patients.

Consistent with the opinion stated in our published paper,1 we believe that surgical pharmacy involves the whole process of drug management during the perioperative period, and that medication therapy should be based on the clinical characteristics of perioperative patients, such as anti-infection, anti-thrombosis, analgesia, nutrition, blood glucose, blood pressure and liquid management, the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), the use of …

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  • Contributors ZZ planned and wrote the manuscript. JW and LW collected the data. XL, BJ and HW reviewed the manuscript for critical content.

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