USEFUL MNEMONICS FOR PHARMACISTS IN PRACTICE

Selling OTC drugs in a pharmacy can be tasking, but what is more important is making sure that you are giving the patient the right drugs that they need. Well, you cannot achieve this without having the necessary information. There are lots of things to remember and it is your prerogative to ensure that nothing is left out. But how do you do this?
A mnemonic is used to gather information from patients based on the symptoms they present at the pharmacy. It is important to note that while mnemonics will help you keep the important information in view, it may not be sufficient. There may be a need for other questions in order to make a correct diagnosis and also provide the right help for the patient.
Here are some mnemonics that will be useful in your practice:

1. WWHAM
W
Who is the patient
W
What are the symptoms
H
How long have the symptoms been present
A
Action taken
M
Medication being taken

2. SIT DOWN SIR
S
Site or location of a sign/symptom
I
Intensity or severity
T
Type or nature
D
Duration
O
Onset
W
With (other symptoms)
N
Annoyed or aggravated by
S
Spread or radiation
I
Incidence or frequency
R
Relieved by

3. ENCORE
E
Explore
N
No medication
C
Care
O
Observe
R
Refer
E
Explain

4. ASMETHOD
A
Age/appearance
S
Self or someone else
M
Medication
E
Extra medicines
T
Time persisting
H
History
O
Other symptoms
D
Danger symptoms

When using these mnemonics, always bear in mind that the ultimate thing is to provide the best care for the patient. Make use of your questioning techniques and listening skills so as to gather all of the relevant information from the patient.

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