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Analysis of medicine consumption in peacekeeping level II hospitals

Lan Qu, Huiling Liu, Chunfeng Li, Guangkai Gao
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0027
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(3):131-136.

open access

Vol 65, No 3 (2014)
TROPICAL MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2014-09-26
Submitted: 2014-09-26
Accepted: 2014-09-26

Abstract

Background: The peacekeeping military units of contributing countries are unfamiliar with the conditions prevailing in foreign mission areas and therefore have difficulties with medical supplies storage.

Aim: The aim of this study is to provide reasonable and practical guidance on the maintenance of medical supplies in the peacekeeping military units of contributing countries.

Materials and methods: A total of 1,972 prescriptions were received by the pharmacy in the peacekeeping level II hospital in the Republic of Sudan from February to July of 2009 including a total of 186 drug categories and 17,713 minimum packing units. Pairwise comparison was performed using the c2 test. When thetotal number of samples was smaller than 40, the Fisher’s exact test was adopted for pairwise comparison.

Results: The majority of the consumed medicines mainly belonged to 6 categories, including specialty drugs, anti-microbial drugs, Chinese patent medicines, gastrointestinal drugs, central nervous system drugs, and drugs regulating fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. Altogether, the drugs in the 6 categories accounted for 74% of all consumed medicines that were divided into a total of 20 categories.

Conclusions: Medicine consumption in peacekeeping level II hospitals is unique, therefore the drugs used in military medical facilities should be prepared according to their actual needs in the area of peacekeeping operations.

Abstract

Background: The peacekeeping military units of contributing countries are unfamiliar with the conditions prevailing in foreign mission areas and therefore have difficulties with medical supplies storage.

Aim: The aim of this study is to provide reasonable and practical guidance on the maintenance of medical supplies in the peacekeeping military units of contributing countries.

Materials and methods: A total of 1,972 prescriptions were received by the pharmacy in the peacekeeping level II hospital in the Republic of Sudan from February to July of 2009 including a total of 186 drug categories and 17,713 minimum packing units. Pairwise comparison was performed using the c2 test. When thetotal number of samples was smaller than 40, the Fisher’s exact test was adopted for pairwise comparison.

Results: The majority of the consumed medicines mainly belonged to 6 categories, including specialty drugs, anti-microbial drugs, Chinese patent medicines, gastrointestinal drugs, central nervous system drugs, and drugs regulating fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. Altogether, the drugs in the 6 categories accounted for 74% of all consumed medicines that were divided into a total of 20 categories.

Conclusions: Medicine consumption in peacekeeping level II hospitals is unique, therefore the drugs used in military medical facilities should be prepared according to their actual needs in the area of peacekeeping operations.

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Keywords

medicine consumption, peacekeeping operation, medical supplies

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Title

Analysis of medicine consumption in peacekeeping level II hospitals

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 3 (2014)

Pages

131-136

Published online

2014-09-26

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0027

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(3):131-136.

Keywords

medicine consumption
peacekeeping operation
medical supplies

Authors

Lan Qu
Huiling Liu
Chunfeng Li
Guangkai Gao

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