Improving medicines safety as a volunteer pharmacist in Cambodia

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Improving medicines safety as a volunteer pharmacist in Cambodia

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by: Alda Hummelinck
9 OCT 2019


The hospital receives medicine supplies from the capital, Phnom Penh, only every three months. The very limited formulary set by the Ministry of Health does not include any liquid medicines, inhalers or items requiring refrigeration, and it does not offer medication for many long-term conditions, such as hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, or severe pain.

Wards are not issued with their own medicine stocks, other than those for emergency use. However, when a patient is discharged or has passed away, medication left-overs are store in ward-labelled pots. But as, in theory, the wards do not keep medicines stocks, and there is no pharmacy presence on the wards, no one knows whether the pots contain what they say they do, when the tablets were added to each pot or when the tablets expire.

Further issues were identified with the preparation and administration of intravenous medications, including poor hand hygiene and aseptic technique, lack of labelling of pre-prepared syringes for injection, inadequate prevention of needle stick injuries and record keeping


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They will be agreeable with her while she is there. When she goes back, will they care?
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explorer wrote: Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:12 pm They will be agreeable with her while she is there. When she goes back, will they care?
Or they might actually learn some better techniques from the volunteer and practice them ? :clap:
Win-win. :)
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Re: Improving medicines safety as a volunteer pharmacist in Cambodia

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yeah I was feeling ill earlier, but perked up rapidly when the 'volunteer' showed up - dunno why - she must be good at medicine or something.

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