Journal article

Case for antimicrobial stewardship pharmacy technicians in Australian hospitals

Ron Cheah, Arjun Rajkhowa, Rodney James, Kym Wangeman, Sonia Koning, Karin Thursky, Kirsty Buising

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020

Abstract

The pharmacist's role in hospital antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs is known to improve patient safety and the quality of care. Despite this, many Australian hospitals struggle to provide adequate pharmacy AMS program resourcing and need to explore newer models of care. The Pharmacy Board of Australia's Guidelines for Dispensing Medicines permit suitably qualified, competent and experienced pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in 'tasks in a pharmacy department'. The pharmacy technician workforce is expanding, and there is growing interest in career advancement and expansion of the pharmacy technician role. We propose that the pharmacy technician, a well-integrated member of man..

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