Roles and challenges of a Swiss hospital pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic


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Roles and challenges of a Swiss hospital pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Gesellschaft schweizerischer Amt- und Spitalapotheker (GSASA)-Kongress
Schumacher L., Blatrie C., Krähenbühl S., Pasteur C., Blanc A.-L., Pellaton C., Rouiller F., Widmer N.
Digital, November 26-27, 2020
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Background: From March 16 to June 18, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Federal Council declared an “extraordinary situation” in terms of the Epidemics Act. In this context, the roles of an interhospital pharmacy in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 were assessed.
Methods: All missions performed by our pharmacy were systematically collected and evaluated. They were also compared to its official duties.
Results: Specific missions have been mainly managed by the crisis unit and the 4 departments of the pharmacy (Logistics, Manufacturing, Clinical Pharmacy and Nursing Homes Supply) : (1) guarantee continuity of human resources, (2) interne infrastructure securing (especially in terms of hygiene), (3) specific drug supply (e.g. anaesthetics, sedatives, antivirals, incl. for clinical trials), (4) hand disinfectant production and supply , (5) clinical assistance (especially in the Critical Care units), (6) individual drug manufacturing, (7) management of ward pharmacies, and (8) hygienic masks supply for healthcare professionals in the area. The missions (4) and (8) were out of the usual duties of the pharmacy and have been achieved with the support of the Swiss civil protection. A particular challenge was the management of the shortage of various products and the identification of alternative therapeutic options.
Discussion & Conclusion: Our pharmacy has faced various challenges during the first wave of the pandemic. Some missions performed were even beyond its traditional duties. Based on the lessons learned from this extraordinary situation, the disaster plan of our pharmacy and the associated staff training have been further developed.
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