What this rotation helped me achieve?
I have become more familiar with medications used in the emergency setting, become better at writing more succinct notes, analyzing pharmacokinetics of medications (digoxin, phenytoin, vancomycin etc.)
I have developed more faith in the contributions made by pharmacists. I have come to realize that pharmacists have the ability to prevent a lot of medication errors be it by medication reconciliation, finding drug related problems, educating a doctor or nurse about a new medication and it’s adverse effects or finding the drug cause of a medical problem.
Some other new concepts I learnt:
Subdural hematoma: collection of blood on the surface of the brain. This is a serious condition since the increase in intracranial pressure can cause damage to brain tissue and loss of brain function.
Bethanechol: Treatment of acute postoperative and postpartum nonobstructive (functional) urinary retention; treatment of neurogenic atony of the urinary bladder with retention