St. Christopher’s clinical pharmacists are trained in understanding the pediatric patient’s drug therapy needs. We work in collaboration with your child’s healthcare team to coordinate the correct medication for your child.
Our pharmacists work with the teams located in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Critical Care Unit (CCU), Oncology Transplantation Unit (OTU), Medical/Surgical Units, Perioperative Care Units, and Emergency Department. In addition, other clinical pharmacists and technicians manage the medication preparation and distribution systems from the hospital’s dispensary. Comprised as part of the medical staff’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, these medication systems include the hospital’s formulary, computerized provider order entry, and bar code scanning of each dose your child receives.
Our full-time clinical pharmacists have either a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree or a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from an accredited college or school of pharmacy. Many of our pharmacists are board certification from the American Board of Pharmacy Specialties, including general and pediatric pharmacotherapy, and added qualifications in infectious diseases. Our pharmacy technicians are certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), a national accrediting body whose performance and competency requirements exceed those of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In addition to understanding and advocating for your child’s drug-related needs, clinical pharmacists are consulted regularly for specialized assessments of complex patients for the following:
Dose optimization for antibiotics: clinical pharmacy works together with Infectious Diseases and your child’s doctors to understand and predict how effective an antibiotic will be when given to your child.
Nutrition support: clinical pharmacy and medical dietetics collaborate to develop and individualize a nutrition support plan for patients that cannot eat.
Medication education: clinical pharmacy and nursing work together to coordinate the information about medications your child takes to assure that the patient and their family can provide medication safely at home.