Northern Devon Healthcare Trust: Medicines Optimisation in Orthopaedic Enhanced Recovery

The pharmacy department of a district general hospital worked with the multidisciplinary team in orthopaedics to reduce variation in medication use among elective hip and knee replacement patients. The project focused on the following points to optimise medication use:

1) Reducing variation in anaesthetic techniques

2) Standardising post-operative analgesia

3) Developing evidence-based post-operative prescribing protocols

4) Providing pre-labelled medication in patient-ready bundles as ward stock to be dispensed to the patient on admission

5) Setting up ‘order sets’ on the electronic discharge summary to speed up medical staff writing of discharge prescriptions.

Read a detailed case study about this project at HSJ Solutions

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