New Mercy ER Pharmacist Strives to Reduce Medication Errors

New Mercy ER Pharmacist Strives to Reduce Medication Errors

Posted on: March 2, 2015

National studies reveal that emergency departments are at higher risk for medication errors. The first of our three ER pharamacists recently began working in Mercy Emergency Department (ED).

Mercy in Canton Ohio Adds Emergency Department Pharmacists in 2015

Mercy appointed Luke Fawcett, PharmD, to the position of clinical pharmacy specialist in emergency medicine. Dr. Fawcett is the first of three clinical pharmacy specialists who will serve in Mercy Emergency Department (ED) to assist with medication reconciliation and provide clinical pharmacy services.

National studies reveal that emergency departments are at higher risk for medication errors. Programs, which place pharmacists in emergency departments, help improve medication safety, provide staff with pharmacotherapeutic information and reduce costs.

“ED pharmacists are integral members of our multidisciplinary emergency medicine team,” says Julie Drake, PharmD, director of Mercy Pharmacy Services. “They collaborate with ED physicians and nurses to determine appropriate therapy for our patients, counsel patients on their medications, and assist with the medication reconciliation process upon hospital admission.”

Dr. Fawcett received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Findlay in 2012. He served as a staff pharmacist in the Mercy Department of Pharmacy since 2012. In 2013, Dr. Fawcett began serving as the lead pharmacist on 9 Main as the transitions of care pharmacist.

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