The Roles of Pharmacists in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Hiroko KAWARA, Yoko TOKUYAMA, Yoshihiro SHIMIZU
2010 Yakugaku zasshi  
In January 2007, Daini Okamoto General Hospital introduced a new system in which pharmacists, together with physicians and nurses, address patients with cardiopulmonary arrest on arrival and inpatients with de novo cardiopulmonary arrest. Over the past 2 years since the introduction of the system, the role of pharmacists in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the hospital has become increasingly established. Pharmacists prepare drugs for CPR, measure intervals during drug administration, and
more » ... administration, and check the heart rhythm, produce records, pass drugs to physicians and nurses, and serve as CPR staŠ. CPR involves a large number of processes, and requires rapid responses. The participation of pharmacists in time management and drug administration, playing speciˆc roles, has promoted role-sharing among physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as the establishment of a"resuscitation team" in the hospital. Emergency medicine is in a di‹cult situation. We believe that our eŠorts have helped pharmacists contribute to emergency care and provide high-quality CPR.
doi:10.1248/yakushi.130.577 pmid:20372004 fatcat:gmzzttzp4jeklkm2dwe7a5dfgm