KATH INTERN PHARMACISTS TAKEN THROUGH SCRUB CEREMONY
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Posted by: Samuel Anim-Yeboah
Kumasi 15th November, 2015. Twenty-five intern pharmacists at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), have been taken through a scrub wearing ceremony prior to their clinical rotation at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Leading the ceremony, which is the first of its kind in the country, Charles Anane, PhD, head of the Clinical Pharmacy Service Unit at the hospital reminded them of the responsibility ahead of them by wearing the scrub."As you don your scrubs today, I hope you reflect on the profound responsibility that the scrub symbolizes, " he reminded them.
Scrubs are the shirts and trousers or gowns worn by operating room personnel when sterilizing themselves prior to operating procedures. In addition to its medical purposes, the special getup is a symbol of trust. "As they put on the scrubs, patients will be more comfortable with them and trust them with their personal health information and ultimately with their life as they believe they will help them with their medicines and their health in the Intensive Care Unit," explained Dr. Anane whilst speaking to our correspondent who witnessed the ceremony.
The interns are expected to be imparted with clinical skills and knowledge relating to ICU procedures and obtain insights into the medication use process at this setting at the completion of this experientially training. Additionally they will be looking forward to building professional relationships with the patients and other care givers as they take charge of all the pharmaceutical care needs of the patients under the guidance of their preceptors.
KATH is a referral facility located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and has been a teaching centre for various health care professionals since its inception.