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:
Who is the patient
What are the symptoms
How long have the symptoms been present
Medication being taken
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Site or location of a sign/symptom
Intensity or severity
Type or nature
With (other symptoms)
Annoyed or aggravated by
Spread or radiation
Incidence or frequency
Self or someone else
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.