UKCPA Peri-Operative Guideline Launch

UHNM Health professionals have been key to launching a new guide about using medicines during surgery.

The Peri-operative Handbook – A guide for the use of medicines around surgery has been co-authored by Sarah Tinsley, Advanced Clinical Lead Pharmacist for Surgery and published by the UKCPA – the largest organisations for clinical pharmacist and technicians which is chaired by UHNM Principle Clinical Pharmacist Dr Ruth Bednall.

The project has also been supported by Dr Matthew Smith, Consultant Neuroanaesthetist here at UHNM.  Through Matthew's contribution it is hoped the handbook will be endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

The Handbook contains information on how medicines are to be managed in adult patients in the perioperative period, a time when a patient often experiences interruption of medication regimens that are important for the treatment of other non-surgical comorbidities. It contains information about the risks and benefits of omitting, changing and continuing therapy during this period, and where possible how those risks can be managed.

Dr Ruth Bednall, Chair of UKCPA, says "I'm thrilled to be able to launch the updated edition of the Handbook of Perioperative Medicines in its new electronic format. I believe the developing and sharing of best practice in this way is a key function of our organisation and I hope there will be many more such projects."

The Handbook of Perioperative Medicines provides national guidance to all healthcare professionals involved in or interested in perioperative medicines, including pharmacists, anaesthetists and ward-based surgical teams.

Sarah Tinsley, lead co-author says, "My vision is that this will become the reference source for all perioperative medicines advice, ensuring patients receive the same high standard of care wherever they are undergoing surgery."

The Handbook was first published in 2016, led by Sophie Blow, a specialist in surgery and theatres clinical pharmacy, and written collaboratively by numerous contributors. Since its launch in 2016 it has become a recognised and much-needed resource for many health professionals working with patients undergoing surgery.