PittPharmacy students Ann Herbster, Diana Mansour, and Tristan Tyger presented their work during the Robert J. Miller Research and Education Poster Session at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists 2019 Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas on November 7-10th 2019.

Mansour presented a poster entitled Antibiotic-Related 30-Day Rehospitalizations in Palliative Care Patients, in collaboration with Assistant Professors Christine Ruby-Scelsi, PharmD BCPS and Jennifer A. Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPE

Tyger presented a poster entitled Impact of Pharmacy-Driven Transition of Care Calls on Discovery and Correction of Drug Therapy Problems and Discrepancies for Geriatric Patients Post-Discharge in collaboration with Ruby-Scelsi and the UPMC Shadyside SeniorCare Clinic.

Herbster, Mansour and Tyger collaborated to present their poster entitled Implementation of the University of Pittsburgh American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Student Chapter Fidget Blanket Project which detailed the Pitt ASCP student chapter’s work over the school year. The Fidget Blanket Project was implemented to create blankets with sensory stimulating elements such as buckles, zippers, and buttons, which were then donated to Asbury Heights Nursing Home. Studies have shown that tactile stimulation with tools such as fidget blankets can be an effective non-pharmacologic method to reduce and alleviate behavioral disturbances associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.Other contributing authors on the chapter activity poster included recent Pitt Pharmacy graduates Kristel Chatellier and Amanda Schwenk.

All three poster abstracts were published in ASCP’s peer-reviewed journal, The Senior Care Pharmacist.

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