Neurology Week 1


My learning objectives:

1. Interpret pharmacokinetics of phenytoin in at least 2 patients and document it in the chart
2. Understand the pathophysiology, incidence, treatment options and pharmacology of drugs used in parkinson’s disease. Work up at least 1 patient with Parkinson’s disease
3. Discuss the pathophysiology, incidence, treatment options and pharmacology of drugs used in multiple-sclerosis with preceptor and opportunity comes work up a patient with the disease condition.

Tasks performed so far:
1. Worked up 3 patients with TIA, 1 patient with Pseudo-seizures
2. Assessed phenytoin levels of 2 patients
3. Presented journal club on: Alteplase vs. Tenecteplase in acute ischemic stroke
JC Neurology

4. Topics discussed: Stroke and secondary prevention of stroke (Incidence, pathophysiology, treatment options, evidence behind different treatment options)
5. Attended journal club presented by fellow resident Anita Rasoda and SPEP student
6. Attended Symposium on Stroke oragnized by Fraser Health on April 14/2012

Interventions made:
Medication reconciliation: discontinued two anti-depressants patient was not taking but was started on at the hospital, facilitated initiation of patient’s own medication
Initiated DVT Prophylaxis in a patient with subdural hemorrhage

A nurse asked me a question and I ended up reading a consult which led me to look up some terms e.g.
Levophed: I didn’t know this is the brand name for norephinephrine
Pentaspan: Penta-starch. It is a plasma volume expander like albumin, dextran, hetastarch and tetrastarch used as adjunctive treatment in the management of shock.
Acute tubular necrosis (ATN) follows a well-defined 3-part sequence of initiation, maintenance, and recovery. The tubule cell damage and cell death that characterize acute tubular necrosis usually result from an acute ischemic or toxic event.

Academic Half Day on Endocarditis: This academic half day was very informative and applicable to our practice.
The residents did a great job of going over different treatment options in different scenarios.

About rajwantminhas

I just finished my pharmacy degree at UBC. I am excited to be part of Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services. My goal is to get exposed to different kinds of disease states, medications and become better at applying my knowledge. Patient interaction is another aspect that I am going to strive to get better at. I am looking forward to this intense year and learning tonnes!

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