Monday, July 18, 2005
I spent the first week of July working at the Saskatchewan Lung Association’s Discovery Asthma camp. Although this was my 5th year at the camp, it always amazes me as to how well several different health disciplines work together in managing and optimizing the campers’ asthma (and many other issues!). A clinical placement site for Nursing, Dietary, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy students, the camp also provides excellent opportunities for healthcare students to practice their skills while experiencing practice in an interdisciplinary team environment.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
My apologies for the lack of “blogging” lately. It seems the summer months are over before you’ve even realized they’ve begun…
I, along with our Nurse Practitioner (NP), Mikki Millar, was honoured to be asked to speak at the annual Alberta College of Pharmacy and Alberta Association of Registered Nurses conference, the first weekend in June in Jasper. This joint conference is a first of its kind in Canada, and featured the theme “The Power of Partnerships — Charting New Courses”. Mikki and I were asked to share experiences from the Leader Diabetes Initiative, with a focus on the teamwork and partnerships that it requires. To view a copy of our presentation, click here.
Kudos to both the ACP and AARN for their initiative in hosting a joint conference…Hopefully it has set the example for other health professions and associations to follow!
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Our third and final 4th year pharmacy student, Carla Sibley, has just completed her 5 week rotation with us. During her time here, Carla focused on researching treatment optimizations for several common diseases/conditions. With the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance, the papers on Acute Otitis Media and Urinary Tract Infections provide a “refresher” for appropriate prescribing in these conditions.
Carla’s projects included:
- Treatment of Acute Otitis Media
- Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
- Optimal Therapy in Dyslipidemia
- OTC Compatability in Pregnancy
We enjoyed all three of our students, thank them for their hard work, and wish them the best in their upcoming careers.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Insulin lispro is rapidly becoming considered a first-line choice for those patients with diabetes who require insulin therapy — especially in children with Type I diabetes. However, in Saskatchewan, lispro does not currently have formulary status, and as such requires Exceptional Drug Status (EDS) in order to be covered by the provincial drug plan. Coverage is available for those patients who have an insulin pump, or those patients with difficult to control diabetes. In most cases a patient must be tried on regular insulin before they can be granted EDS for lispro.
With the 2003 Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines emphasizing the relationship between post-prandial glucose levels and macrovascular complications, the focus has shifted somewhat to ensuring that patients’ glucose levels are optimized post-prandially – often through the use of lispro insulin.
Because of this, we believe that lispro insulin has now become a candidate for formulary status, and have drafted a paper on this issue, which we recently submitted to the Saskatchewan Prescription Drug Plan for their review and consideration.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Our second of three 4th year pharmacy students from the University of Saskatchewan was Melanie Windjack. During her five weeks here, Melanie completed several projects which she is allowing to be posted on the site. Many of the projects dealt with common issues that community pharmacists often encounter, but sometimes forget the background to. We hope they can be of use…
- Comparison of the Lipid Effects of Insulin Sensitizers (TZDs)
- Lactic Acidosis
- Thyroid Complications
- Antibiotic Dosing Guidelines in Renal Impairment
Monday, March 14, 2005
On March 5th, we had our first ever Health Fair in Leader. With a focus on diabetes, we had a variety of booths set up with information ranging from dental health to nutrition to physical activity. There were also several screening stations where visitors were screened for hypertension, spot blood glucose levels, A1c levels, and neuropathy (foot screening).
The fair was very well attended, as we had 73 visitors come through during the 4 hour period. Our biggest success however, was a 53 year old male with no risk factors, who was identified as having impaired glucose tolerance.
A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped out before and during the fair!
A summary of the health fair, including the results of the screenings can be found here.
Monday, February 28, 2005
One of Carmen’s major projects was the creation of a document outlining the use of common prescription drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Various references were searched and the “consensus” was compiled in a user friendly format (similar to that of The Rx Files). Although Carmen has finished her rotation with us, she has agreed to allow us post her document on the site. A PDF version of the document can be downloaded here.