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Pharmacy, UMass Memorial Medical Center

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Health and Medical Administration | Infectious Disease | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Virus Diseases


The second wave of COVID-19 emerged in the late fall months in the state of Massachusetts and inadvertently caused a rise in the number of cases requiring hospitalization. With a field hospital previously opened in central Massachusetts during the Spring of 2020, the governor decided to reimplement the field hospital. Although operations were effectively accomplished during the first wave, the reimplementation of the field hospital came with its new set of challenges for operating a satellite pharmacy. Experiences gathered include new pharmacy operation workflows, the clinical role of pharmacy services, introduction of remdesivir treatment, and pharmacy involvement in newly diagnosed diabetes patients requiring insulin teaching. Pharmacy services were successful in adapting to the rapidly growing number in patients with a total of over 600 patients served in a course of 2 months.


clinical services, dispensing, education, medication safety, medication process

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1. Mazzone J, Shannon K, Rovelli R, Kabbani R, Amaral A, Gilchrist N. The Second Wave of COVID-19: Clinical Pharmacy Services During a Field Hospital Operation. Hospital Pharmacy. July 2021. doi:10.1177/00185787211032361. View article on publisher's site

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Hospital Pharmacy

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