C6 - Tips and tricks in transitions of care for tiny tots: Nuances of paediatric care

Paris 2

Organised by the FIP Hospital Pharmacy Section in collaboration with FIP’s Community Pharmacy Section & YPG


Valerie Nolt, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, USA and Manjiri Gharat, FIP Community Pharmacy Section, India


Emphasis is often placed on healthcare challenges faced by providers and pharmacists that care for the adult and elderly patient populations. However, children are cared for in many of the same patient care settings: hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and community pharmacies.

According to 2017 mortality estimates provided by WHO, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Division, and the World Bank Group, 1 child died every 5 seconds – an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age, mostly of preventable causes. As compared to adults, children may be at greater risk of medication errors and potential adverse drug events due to individualized weight-based dosing, differences in compounded formulations and concentrations, inability of children to communicate adverse effects, and confusion between units of measure (e.g. milligrams versus milliliters), etc. The WHO recently published a framework and standards, the Standards for improving quality of care for children and young adolescents aged 0-15 years in health facilities, that takes into consideration the needs of children that differ from those of adults. This proposal is in support of a session dedicated to the practice of paediatric pharmacy and the nuances of caring for this unique patient population. The session will be broken into 4 distinct sections: inpatient considerations, transitions from inpatient to outpatient care, outpatient considerations, and transitions from paediatric to adult care. This session is recommended for pharmacists that participate in caring for paediatric patients, either as a specialist, administrator, or a general practitioner in an institution that cares for paediatrics. Each section of the session will relate “need to know” information about how to care for a paediatric patient in the respective setting as well as more in-depth or advanced information to cover the range of experience of the audience. Presentations will include examples of technologies that may be optimal for implementation in paediatric patient populations to advance the provision of pharmaceutical care.

The workshop part of this session will involve attendees being provided with the 6 elements of health care transitions to brainstorm ways to implement these elements into their clinical setting. Participants will be asked to share their practice area, team dynamic, and an idea they came up with for implementation of a specific element.



  1. They’re not just tiny adults
    Valerie Nolt, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, USA
  2. The 5G Pharmacy: Translating theory into practice
    Sherif Kamal, DHCM, Egypt
  3. Transitions of care from inpatient to outpatient paediatrics
    Régis Vaillancourt, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canada
  4. Outpatient paediatrics
    Jorge Robledo, PIPES Programme Jovita, Argentina
  5. Leaving the nest: Graduating from the paediatric to the adult care team – Interactive session
    Lauren Kormelink, BCACP, USA

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify challenges of caring for paediatric patients in a variety of clinical settings
  2. Describe methods for providing appropriate transitions of care when caring for paediatric patients
  3. Discuss innovative approaches and technological advances that could be applied in paediatric settings

Type of session: Application-based