Undertaken as a NICE scholar, the aim of this project was to demonstrate the impact of pharmacist involvement on surgical enhanced recovery pathways in improving patient outcomes by the implementation of the principles of NICE guidance on medicines optimisation.
The role of pharmacists in medicines reconciliation has been well documented in the literature. NICE guidance states that medicines reconciliation should be undertaken within 24 hours of admission to hospital. However in the elective surgical patient group, it may be more prudent if medicines reconciliation is undertaken prior to admission in the pre-operative phase so as to reduce this variance and manage any peri-operative drug issues more effectively.
Post-operatively, patients were also followed up actively by a dedicated enhanced recovery pharmacist following the principles underpinning the NICE guidance on medicines optimisation (NG5).
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