The EAHP EU Monitor is a regular round up of news relevant to hospital pharmacy in Europe.
Submit your video showcasing clinical and hospital pharmacy services for COVID-19 patients
The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has joined forces with the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) to collect best practice examples of clinical and hospital pharmacy services that made a difference for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
EAHP and ESCP are encouraging clinical and hospital pharmacist to record short 2 to 3-minute videos showcasing their COVID-19 interventions. The recorded activities don’t have to be very innovative or complex. They should simply show what types of clinical or hospital pharmacy services were provided during the pandemic for patients or how these services are being carried out. There are no limitations apart from the fact that the video should fulfil minimum graphical quality standards and that is should be non-commercial and respect ethical and privacy standards.
More information about the video initiative is available HERE
ECDC report on the responses in the EU/EEA to hepatitis B and C
Last week marked the spring edition of the European Testing Week dedicated to increasing awareness of the benefits of early HIV and hepatitis testing. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) used this opportunity to publish information on the progress towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C in European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries.
For the report data was collected from Members States on testing and treatment indicators for the continuum of care concerning hepatitis B and C. Key findings showed that vaccination is a major component of any hepatitis B prevention strategy, that perinatal transmission of HBV is not commonly reported in EU/EEA countries and that the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus and chronic hepatitis C virus infections among first-time blood donors is low. Limitations due to data gaps and diversity were noted. Only a few countries had data available regarding linkage to care. About a third of all EU/EEA countries reported no action plan or strategy for hepatitis prevention and control.
Read the report HERE
How to access the EJHP online issues as EAHP member?
Did you know that hospital pharmacists – which are a member of one of EAHP’s national associations – have free access to the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (EJHP)? In case you were not aware of this perk, make sure to visit EAHP’s website to learn how you can access the EJHP online.
Learn how to access the EJHP online HERE
EJHP: Automation of in-hospital pharmacy dispensing: a systematic review
A systematic review was carried out to identify and summarise information in the published literature on the clinical and economic value of automated in-hospital pharmacy services with a primary focus on systems supporting the dispensing of medicines. Overall, the evidence suggested positive impacts of automated dispensing systems while at the same time it highlighted that further studies on clinically relevant outcomes are needed.
Read the article HERE
EAHP’s COVID-19 Resource Centre
To assist its member associations and individual hospital pharmacists in this critical time with the provision of the best possible care for patients, EAHP has decided to gather and make available information on COVID-19 relevant for the hospital pharmacy profession.
Access the Resource Centre HERE
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – Weekly surveillance report on COVID-19
This report provides a weekly overview of the COVID-19 epidemiology in the EU/EEA and the UK using the available data compiled from multiple sources. The first such report was published last week, looking at trends in notification rates and deaths and at risk of severe outcome.
Learn more HERE
Ordre National des Pharmaciens - COVID-19 Resource Centre
The French Order of Pharmacists has put together reference information and communication tools for pharmacists.
Learn more HERE
Turkish Ministry of Health - COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 infection) Guide
This guide provides information about COVID-19, its agent, modes of transmission, case definitions and diagnostic methods, and also, to guide the strategy and application forms that should be followed in case of COVID-19 case or contact. It was created mainly in line with WHO recommendations.
Learn more HERE
Celebrate Statement Implementation month!
Did you know that the month of May is dedicated to the implementation of the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy? In case that is news to you, have a look at EAHP’s Statement website which provides you with information about the Statements as well as the self-assessment tool and the Statement Implementation Learning Collaborative Centres (SILCC) programme which have both been designed to help hospital pharmacists across Europe with the implementation of the Statements in their daily work.
Commission – White Paper on Artificial Intelligence
The European Commission is seeking input on its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) via a public consultation. Stakeholders are encouraged to review the measures and policy options put forward in the AI White Paper.
Deadline – 14th June 2020
Access consultation HERE