Erma (not her real name) was a 48 yr old black female who lived in Parkersburg W.Va. where she was being treated for chronic cardiovascular disease. She suffered a heart attack, and moved to Columbus to live with her brother in order to convalesce. She became a patient at the CeutiCare beta-test site in Columbus. The first time she arrived was late in November ’07. Her total cholesterol at that time was 341 mg/dL; her LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) was 190 mg/dL; her HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) was 31 mg/dL; and her triglycerides were 856 mg/dL. Target values for these plasma lipids are: cholesterol, less than 200 mg/dL; LDL-cholesterol, less than 100 mg/dL; HDL cholesterol, greater than 40 mg/dL; and triglycerides, less than 150 mg/dL.
Follow-up laboratory findings that were taken approximately six weeks after entering the collaborative care program at CeutiCare’s beta-test site in Columbus in which her medications were carefully selected by the on-site pharmacist, who suggested their use to her primary care doctor, who ultimately prescribed them, her total cholesterol was 151 mg/dL; her LDL-cholesterol was 74 mg/dL; her HDL-cholesterol was 46 mg/dL; and her triglycerides were 155 mg/dL
Earl (not his real name) was a diabetic patient who called the beta-site to make an appointment to see his doctor about a “skin condition.” He was told by the receptionist that he couldn’t be seen right away, but that an appointment could be set up for several weeks later. Since he had relatively easy access (by phone) to the pharmacist at the site whom he was able to see up to once a month and who was responsible for assisting in the structuring of Earl’s medication therapy for diabetes, referring Earl to ancillary staff such as the dietician, and requesting frequent laboratory tests to help assess the effects of Earl’s treatment, Earl decided to call the pharmacist directly. Though the pharmacist’s schedule was also booked with patients for that day, he encouraged Earl to come to the clinic anyway, and told Earl he’d try to talk to him between regularly scheduled patients. When Earl showed the pharmacist his “skin condition” the pharmacist knew that Earl had to be seen by a physician right away, and he personally intervened to have one of the three physicians look at Earl’s skin whereupon a diagnosis of cellulitis was made, and treatment was initiated.
This highlights the ability of CeutiCare pharmacists to assist in triaging patients within the practice site
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I’ve been coming here about five years now I have been well satisfied. Everything has been going along just fine now.