5N/5C Clinical Pharmacy Services is a required, five week learning experience at Mercy Hospital. There are 50+ general medicine beds on these units collectively. Patients on these floors are cared for by several 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 dietitians, 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 the 5N/5C unit also actively participates in pain rounds and discharge rounds, collaborates with centralized pharmacists to assure timely medication availability, educates patients and their family members, and supports organizational policies and procedures.