Internal Medicine – 5N/5C Clinical Pharmacy Services is a required, five week learning experience at Mercy Hospital. There are 36 general medicine beds on the 5 McCauley North and Center floors (5N/5C). Patients on this floor are cared for by several different hospitalist groups, independent hospitalists, specialists, consultants and their mid-level providers. Non-physician members of the healthcare team also closely interact with each other to optimize care for the patients on 5N/5C including nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, clinical dieticians, and physical therapists.
Mercy Hospital clinical pharmacy services are provided as location-based services where clinical pharmacists are assigned a particular unit to provide safe and effective medication use for all patients on that unit. Services provided by each pharmacist include antibiotic stewardship, IV to PO conversions, renal dosing, aminoglycoside and vancomycin pharmacokinetic consultation, core measures support, ADR documentation, anticoagulation counseling, and medication reconciliation. The clinical pharmacist on 5N/5C unit also actively participates in pain rounds and discharge rounds daily; collaborates with centralized pharmacists to assure timely medication availability; educates patients and their family members; and, supports organizational policies and procedures.