Considerations for Development of Pharmacy Support Models for COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites
Nelsen, G., Pigott, H., Hopkinson, C., and Formea, C. (2020). Considerations for Development of Pharmacy Support Models for COVID-19 Alternate Care Sites. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
This article describes the planning considerations of one health system’s pharmacy department to support pharmacy operations at an alternate care site (ACS). Building upon the Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force ACS Toolkit, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ACS guidance web page, and crisis standards of care concepts, the pharmacy team developed resource lists to meet the needs of their expected patient population. Included in appendices and tables are: key assumptions and issues in medication list planning for an ACS, key medication-related and staffing questions to consider in alternate site care planning, and considerations and options for IV infusion pump use, staffing, and transitions of care at an ACS.