First National Guideline Published on Management of Medicines in the Peri-operative Period by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Associati

Today we are excited to announce that the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) are publishing the Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines. This is the first national guidance to be published for professionals who work within this area. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has endorsed the handbook.

What is the peri-operative period?

The peri-operative period refers to the three stages of surgery that a patient undergoes: preoperative (before), intraoperative (during) and postoperative (after).

Are national peri-operative period guidelines needed?

Absolutely. Guidelines are essential in ensuring that patients receive the highest quality (and most appropriate) advice, care and management of their treatment. As this national guidance has been developed with the input of surgical clinical pharmacy experts, the hope is that this will replace individual local guidelines.

As individual NHS Trusts have their own local guidelines in place, which are followed by pharmacy, medical and nursing staff, practices relating to the same medicines often vary according to the Trust location.

Why has this need for national guidelines been identified?

Quite simply put, the Carter review set out to establish how efficiency in hospitals leads to savings within the NHS. The Carter review found that a reduction of variations in practice, brought about by compliance with national guidelines, improves both patient care and safety.

What will be outlined within the handbook?

The first edition of the handbook outlines how medicines should be managed during the peri-operative period. This is a time when patients are often nil by mouth and suffer interruptions with regards to taking their medication. The handbook assesses the benefit and risks of continuing or changing medication regimens during this period and how associated risks can be managed.


Sophie Tomlinson
3rd year LJMU student
BPSA Publications Officer 2016-2017

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