England has announced that it will send hundreds of pharmacists to the care homes to prevent or at least reduce the elderly people's stay in hospitals.
Studies show that one in twelve cases of patients admitted to a hospital is associated with taking medication. 10% of people over the age of 75 take 10 or more medications a day from people with a long-term illness such as dementia, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.
With the new program, about 180,000 people living in nursing homes or homes will have prescriptions and medicines reviewed by new pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians.
NHS studies show that pharmacists examining medicines improve the quality of life of patients by reducing unnecessary use of medication and reducing urgent intake so that older people spend less time in hospitals. This approach also resulted in significant savings in the unnecessary prescription cost of 249 pounds per patient per one pilot per year.
NHS England will fund the appointment of 240 pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians. Reviews will be conducted in coordination with general practitioners and clinic practitioners. This will ensure that people are prescribed the right medicines at the right time in the right way to improve their health and quality of life.
The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, made a statement: "There is increasing evidence that our parents and their friends - the entire generation of people in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s - were redirected to worry-taking homes results. Let's face it - the policy of "a pill for every sick person" often causes more fragile elderly people more health problems than solving them. So expert pharmacists will now offer practical NHS support and drug reviews in UK care homes. "
Why is this In-home care practice very good?
Pharmacists who support homeowners can reduce drug loss, improve efficacy, and deliver better health outcomes. Many pharmacists are already actively involved in providing direct care for the elderly in homes and support the rest of their staff.
The use of clinical pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians to carry out structured drug reviews of all home residents in Northumberland has shown that one hospital can be avoided for every 12 inhabitants of the home.
In East and North Hertfordshire, where this model is applied in 37 care homes, there is an annual drug saving of 249 pounds per patient.
Pharmacists who support homeowners can reduce drug loss, improve efficacy, and deliver better health outcomes.
Developing a work plan for pharmacists in care homes is part of the NHS England Plan - Updating the NHS plans for 2018/19, which sets out measures to provide unified services to patients to ensure that they receive care in the most appropriate place for them.
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