COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus infections; pharmacy; pharmacist; hospital pharmacy service; roadmap; checklist; patient safety; health care sector; financial stewardship


Other Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulation


Planning for resumption of patient care services during and following the impact of novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) while controlling costs are essential for pharmacy services resiliency. Implementation of a pharmacy services reboot roadmap across a 179 hospital health-system is described. The roadmap encompassed eight key areas: pharmacy leadership, staffing and scheduling, clinical pharmacy services, medication safety, medication supply, regulatory and compliance, team support opportunities, and financial stewardship. A supporting checklist and volume-based staffing plan are included as examples to assist pharmacy leaders in planning optimal pharmacy services support as patient volumes increase, particularly in the emergency department, surgical services and critical care areas. Resiliency strategies are provided as tangible planning considerations to assess the current status of, and prepare for, future operational and clinical pharmacy practice needs to support optimal patient care.