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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
KNOWLEDGE IN PRACTICE
The challenge of applying what
you learn to pharmacy practice!
Knowledge in practice is designed to
be difficult and aims to make you apply
information from articles in this month’s
Australian Pharmacist and other suggested
reading to the questions below, just as you
would for a client/patient. This section is not
meant to be easy. There are no simple clear-
cut answers to the questions. The standard
references listed below may be of use when
answering the questions.
1. Sansom LN, ed. Australian pharmaceutical
formulary and handbook, 23rd edn. Canberra:
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia; 2015.
2. Rossi S, ed. Australian medicines handbook.
Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook; 2015.
3. National Prescribing Service. At: www.nps.org.au
4. Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.At: www.
5. Product information – available from various
sources, e.g. MIMS, APP Guide or online on
6. Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. RCPA
Manual. At: www.rcpamanual.edu.au
7. Therapeutic Guidelines Series. eTG complete.
Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited.
Knowledge in practice
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Question 1. Redback spider
Emma, a regular 28-year-old customer
who is 7.5 months pregnant, calls the
pharmacy about mid-afternoon and
asks to speak to you urgently. She tells
you that she has just been bitten by a
redback spider. She cannot get to the
medical centre because her car is at
the mechanic’s waiting for a spare part
to arrive and be fitted. Her husband
is at work and is not due home
before 5.30 pm.
On further questioning, she tells you
that the bite occurred about 15 minutes
ago. It is on her hand, and is red and
quite painful, but the pain is localised
and she has no other symptoms.
Through successful completion of this activity, the
learner will demonstrate their ability to:
• Use readily available information sources to
access and select relevant and up-to-date
clinical and practice-based information
• Promote and contribute to the optimal use of
• Address primary healthcare needs of patients.
Competency standards (2010) addressed: 4.2,
6.1, 7.1, 7.2 .
Accreditation number: CAP150505F
Which of the following would be the MOST appropriate advice for Emma?
a) Advise Emma that she needs to have a
dose of antivenom as soon as possible.
She should call her husband to come
home urgently and take her to the local
b) Tell Emma that, because she is
pregnant, she cannot have antivenoms.
She should call her husband to come
home immediately and take her to
the local emergency department so
that any developing symptoms can be
monitored and treated appropriately in a
c) Tell Emma that she should immediately
apply a broad bandage or strip of
fabric over the bitten area at moderate
pressure, extending it to cover as much
of the limb as possible, including her
fingers. Because the affected arm should
be moved as little as possible, it would be
helpful if she could call a neighbour to
come over and help her.
d) Reassure Emma that redback spider
bites are often mild and do not require
antivenom. If she does have a reaction
severe enough to require antivenom,
a delay of several hours is not likely to be
significant. When her husband returns
home she should ask him to take her to
the local emergency department. In the
meantime, applying an ice pack to the
bite and taking paracetamol may help to
relieve the pain.
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