Pharmacy and Wellness Review Pharmacy and Wellness Review Volume 5Issue 3 Article 6 July 2014 Pharmacists' Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response Pharmacists' Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response Jamie Kellner Ohio Northern University Ginny Daniels Ohio Northern University Maureen Moynihan Ohio Northern University Joseph Stecyk Ohio Northern University Kasie Bellmann Ohio Northern University See next page for additional authors Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Other Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Commons, and the Other Public Health Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the ONU Journals and Publications at [email protected] It has been accepted for inclusion in Pharmacy and Wellness Review by an authorized editor of [email protected] For more information, please contact [email protected].
Pharmacists' Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response Pharmacists' Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response Authors Authors Jamie Kellner, Ginny Daniels, Maureen Moynihan, Joseph Stecyk, Kasie Bellmann, and Natalie DiPietro This article is available in Pharmacy and Wellness Review:
Public Health Pharmacists' Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response Jamie Kellner, fourth-year pharmacy student from New Waterford, Ohio; Ginny Daniels, fourth-year pharmacy student from Dover, Ohio; Maureen Moynihan, fourth-year pharmacy student from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Joseph Stecyk, sixth-year pharmacy student from Schererville, Ind.; Kasie Hellmann, fifth-year pharmacy student from Kalida, Ohio; Natalie DiPietro, PharmD '01, MPH, associate professor of pharmacy practice Abstract Over the past decade, an increased recognition of the need for budgeting and planning in case of terrorist attacks, use of infectious agents as weapons or major weather disasters has brought emergency preparedness to the forefront within health care systems and federal organizations. Pharmacists have taken active roles in activities related to emergency preparedness and response. New training initiatives and a comprehensive understanding of the overall needs in emer-gency situations enables pharmacists to utilize their drug knowledge and accessibility to the public to provide vital medical care in stressful situations. Background Pharmacists are taking a more active role and becoming in-volved in numerous areas of health care and public health.1 As one of the most accessible and trusted health care profes-sionals, pharmacists have responsibilities that extend be-yond the more "traditional" realms of community or hospital-based pharmacy practices. One of these responsi-bilities includes taking action in disasters and public health emergencies. During a public health emergency, a pharmacist can take on a variety of roles, including clinical and special-ized response tasks.