Make the Most of the Virtual ASHP Midyear

November 2021 - Vol.18 No. 11 - Page #2

It has probably been quite some time since you attended a professional trade show in person. While some health care conferences have resumed in-person activities, the vast majority have remained as virtual, online events. Certainly, the quality and organization of these events has matured quickly, a familiar refrain to describe the last 20 months. As we close in on 2 years in the fight against COVID-19, we are optimistic that there remains a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

It is difficult to replicate many aspects of an in-person trade show—namely the pleasure of running into old friends and colleagues, meeting new ones, seeing and handling new technologies, and easily getting in your 10,000 daily steps. These are both physically and mentally invigorating environments, and while not every convention city is everyone’s cup of tea, the occasional trip to New Orleans or Las Vegas can provide a good emotional catharsis as well. I do think many of us are eager to get back to these events, but in the meantime, there are tremendous opportunities to engage and remain on the vanguard of hospital pharmacy practice via the ASHP Virtual Midyear 2021.

While the sights and sounds of Las Vegas or New Orleans can indeed be a welcome distraction, they are distractions nonetheless. The ability to pick and choose from a wide variety of online information sessions that are conveniently scheduled saves that gasp of breath in realizing that if you want to catch the next live session, you have to walk three-quarters of a mile through the convention center. We will get back to these experiences, but for now, we encourage you to take this opportunity to really dig into your education and focus on the issues your pharmacy will be tackling in 2022.

We look forward to seeing your faces in person again. There is much to catch up on. But until that time, we hope you remain in good health and take advantage of the excellent, online educational options.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen

P.S. An astute reader commented on PP&P’s September cover story, Develop an HD Container Wiping Protocol, noting that because some HDs pose a transdermal risk, pharmacy should consider gowning during the HD unpacking process. While this is not a requirement under USP <800>, it is a worthwhile point to explore as you review your HD unpacking processes.

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