National guidelines on peri-operative medicines now available

17, Mar 2017 News
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The Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines provides national guidance for the use of medicines in the perioperative period. Previously, only local guidelines existed which resulted in varying practices across the country, and confusion and ambiguity amongst healthcare professionals.

The Handbook has been endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the Preoperative Association and will be updated for future revisions, with additional monographs added.

The Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines is available at a cost of £15 including postage and packing within the UK (extra postal charges are applicable for outside of the UK). Please contact us for more information.

The Handbook was compiled by UKCPA members who specialise in the area of surgery in response to requests for a consensus guideline which would unify practice. The variation in practice is something recognised in the Carter review, which identified that a reduction of such variations will improve patient care and safety through compliance to national guidance.

The Handbook was compiled by UKCPA members who specialise in the area of surgery in response to requests for a consensus guideline which would unify practice.

Sophie Blow, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist specialising in Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and project manager for the Handbook, says, “We hope that the Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines, developed collaboratively by clinical pharmacy experts working in the area of Surgery, will remove the need for individual local guidelines and will ultimately reduce variations in patient care and improve outcomes for patients undergoing surgery.”

Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society says, “We are delighted to endorse this important document, which will provide unified guidance to all health professionals on how medicines should be optimally managed in patients undergoing surgery. Reducing variation in practice will reduce risk and improve patient care and safety. It is a great example of the pharmacy profession working collaboratively and demonstrating leadership to improve patient care.”