Reflection #1: John Choi, PharmD Candidate 2019
Dr. Guy Ito came to speak about home infusion pharmacy and made it clear that it is more than just dispensing IVs. The main focus is to ensure that it is safe and appropriate therapy and that the patient is able to administer the drugs by themselves when they are released from the hospital. Ensuring they know things like aseptic techniques is important, since they can get an infection otherwise. Pharmacists in home infusion need to keep up with regulations, since you don’t want to get shut down due to violations. Advocating for patients is also important, since there is big pressure to get patients out of the hospital before they are clinically stable. Providing a com-line for patients when they have questions is also important to ensuring directions are followed to avoid complications that can land them back in the hospital. He also spoke of the important of having a life outside of pharmacy, and that choosing your attitude will determine your altitude. That is the keeper I took from the lecture, since being consumed with only work can lead to neglecting other aspects of life that are important. A balance needs to be kept between work and relaxation, since not doing so can lead to stress which can reduce work productivity.
Reflection #2: Nancy Nguyen, PharmD Candidate 2019
Home Infusion Pharmacy is a field of pharmacy that not many new student pharmacists are familiar with. We had the honor of welcoming Dr. Guy Ito as a guest speaker to inform us about Home Infusion Pharmacy and what they do. Home infusion services are provided to patients who are stable enough to live at home, but are still in need of parenteral medications. In terms of monitoring home infusion pharmacy therapy, home infusion pharmacists do more than just dispense IVs. They also do applied pharmaceutics, technology review, and pharmacy regulations. Patient advocacy is also important in monitoring home infusion pharmacy because patient safety is vital.
Show up, do more than expected, and don’t cause any drama. Dr. Ito advised us that if we do those three things, people will notice us. For example, when an opportunity opens, such as a job opening, we will be contacted because those are the qualities that employers look for. I found this tip very helpful and for that reason, this is the “keeper idea” that I took away from this seminar lecture. I will try my very best to keep this advice in mind from now on and be sure to apply it to my life and practice. Personally, I think I do a pretty good job with showing up and not causing any drama, but I need to improve on doing more than expected. I hope that by doing those three things advised by Dr. Ito in my practice, I will be contacted when an opportunity opens up.