AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACISTS: Clinical Pharmacist Manages Diabetes for Limb-Salvage Team
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following announcement on Jan. 15.
A clinical pharmacist in Chicago is providing diabetes management in an unusual setting — an interprofessional limb-salvage clinic for patients with diabetic foot infections.
The half-day, once-weekly clinic was established by infectious disease (ID) and podiatry specialists affiliated with the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Illinois, said Molly Rockstad, who has been the clinic’s pharmacist since July 2017.
Rockstad described the clinic as a transitional care setting.
“We see them for the acute phase of their infection. immediately after their hospital discharge. And then we’ll keep them until they’re no longer having any acute issues on any of the fronts that we tend to,” she said. Once the acute issues are resolved, she said, there’s a “warm handoff” to the patient’s primary care provider.
She estimated that the clinic cares for about four new patients each week, plus 4–6 who come for follow-up visits.
Rockstad’s role on the interprofessional team is to help patients control their diabetes and decrease the risk of amputation.
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Source: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists .