Developing a Business Plan for Critical Care Pharmacy Services

Brian L Erstad, Henry J. Mann, Robert J. Weber

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Abstract

Critical care medicine has grown from a small group of physicians participating in patient care rounds in surgical and medical intensive care units (ICUs) to a highly technical, interdisciplinary team. Pharmacy's growth in the area of critical care is as exponential. Today's ICU requires a comprehensive pharmaceutical service that includes both operational and clinical services to meet patient medication needs. This article provides the elements for a business plan to justify critical care pharmacy services by describing the pertinent background and benefit of ICU pharmacy services, detailing a current assessment of ICU pharmacy services, listing the essential ICU pharmacy services, describing service metrics, and delineating an appropriate timeline for implementing an ICU pharmacy service. The structure and approach of this business plan can be applied to a variety of pharmacy services. By following the format and information listed in this article, the pharmacy director can move closer to developing patient-centered pharmacy services for ICU patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-862
Number of pages7
JournalHospital Pharmacy
Volume51
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

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Developing a Business Plan for Critical Care Pharmacy Services. / Erstad, Brian L; Mann, Henry J.; Weber, Robert J.

In: Hospital Pharmacy, Vol. 51, No. 10, 01.11.2016, p. 856-862.

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Erstad, Brian L ; Mann, Henry J. ; Weber, Robert J. / Developing a Business Plan for Critical Care Pharmacy Services. In: Hospital Pharmacy. 2016 ; Vol. 51, No. 10. pp. 856-862.
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