elderly patient with doctor

November 26th 2018

The practice of pharmacy in a hospice setting is very different to that in an acute setting. As time is short, focus on long-term effects of medicines may not be such a concern so we can use medicines such as co-danthramer, which has carcinogenic properties, if given long term. Symptoms…

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warehouse stock medication

November 23rd 2018

The regulations surrounding the supply of stock medication have become increasingly stringent in recent years, with increased licensing and more in-depth inspections. This is creating a range of issues for hospices as they seek a consistent and reliable supplier. Perhaps the biggest impact has been created by the MHRA’s Wholesale…

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November 23rd 2018

Questions on medicines, procedures and practice from hospice staff: 1. Do we have to crush solid dose forms of CDs before destruction? Destruction of Controlled Drugs involves rendering them ‘irretrievable’. We generally use a commercial product that turns to a solid gel when mixed with the liquid contents of ampoules…

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January 29th 2018

The Ashtons Live View system facilitates the electronic reporting of pharmacist audits and communication between the pharmacist and clinical staff in the hospital. The pharmacists report any clinical interventions, audits and compliance issues following their ward visits and this information is emailed to the relevant staff and managers. The hospital…

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January 29th 2018

This NICE guideline provides recommendations on symptom management (pain, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, delirium, agitation and noisy respiratory secretions) and maintaining hydration in adult patients receiving palliative care during the last days of life (two to three). The recommendations included in this guideline include: Recognising when people are entering…

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January 29th 2018

This Nice quality standard was published in September 2017 and covers end of life care for infants, children and young people (from birth to 18 years) who have a life-limiting condition. It also covers support for family members and carers. This Nice quality standard makes six statements on: Advanced care…

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January 29th 2018

This updated NICE guidance covers safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain relief in adults with advanced and progressive diseases. It aims to improve pain management and patient safety. The update in August 2016 deleted recommendation 1.1.12 and two out-of-date research recommendations. It also replaced the link to…

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January 29th 2018

Palliative care can provide great comfort to patients suffering from a terminal illness, and also their families. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and…

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January 29th 2018

Maintaining and improving the quality of medicines management in hospices is a constant challenge. We have been successfully helping hospices with this for over 20 years. We will help you to promote the safe and effective use of medicines. This will not only positively affect the day-to-day lives of your…

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