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What is the inpatient pediatric pharmacy?

The inpatient pharmacy is located inside the hospital. It provides medication to children when they are admitted to the hospital. We might also make medication for your child if he or she is in the clinic and receiving an infusion. Each dose of medication prescribed by the physician is made especially for each child, and often the inpatient pharmacy needs to compound or order medications specifically for your child.

The inpatient pharmacy at the new Children’s Hospital at Scott & White will have 13 pediatric pharmacists and 13 pediatric technicians. Everyone on our staff is dedicated to making sure your child’s stay at the Children’s Hospital is a safe one.

What does a pediatric pharmacist do?

Pediatric clinical pharmacists are trained to evaluate your child’s medication regimen while in the hospital. They look for drug interactions/food interactions, ensure dosing is correct for your child’s weight and disease state, monitor drug levels, and evaluate compliance.

The pediatric pharmacist makes rounds to see each child; the pharmacist and the physician team provide drug information and make recommendations on the pharmacologic care of your child. Pediatric pharmacists visit patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and all acute care rooms, looking at each patient’s labs, cultures, and levels every day.

We know that children are not “little adults.” Their body pharmacokinetics and development are very different from those of adults. Drugs are dosed differently and metabolized differently in children. A pediatric pharmacist is trained to evaluate the pharmaceutical plan to make sure a child gets the appropriate dose for his or her age, weight, and disease state. Many medications are not approved for use in children, and the pharmacist helps the physician interpret studies and doses for these medications.

What are the benefits of having pediatric pharmacists?

As a parent, you can feel confident that we are watching out for your child and his or her medications. We understand that the way a medicine tastes, feels, or acts makes a difference to your child. We encourage a pain-free environment and recommend alternatives to injectable medications when possible.

We use a two-check system to ensure the safety of our pediatric patients. High-risk drugs may be controlled and undergo strict dispensing rules. We only use pediatric board-certified technicians to work in the pediatric pharmacy. Every drug dose is checked on for every patient every day.