133 A review of analgesia prescription in patients admitted with Neck of Femur FracturesMadhav Kukreja, Zabina Satar, Seyed Ramin Jalal, Daoud Makki
Analgesics are amongst the most commonly prescribed drugs within a hospital setting. Often prescribed based on clinical judgement and perceived pain, without formal evaluation. They are integral to patients comfort and experience. A study in 2008 showed that when patients had moderate to severe pain, they had only about a 50 percent chance of obtaining adequate pain relief, while another study in 2010 showed that the average cost per patient for readmission due to pain was $1,869 (≈£1,571) per visit.
Review of drug charts of all the neck of femur patients admitted from 04/10/2022 to 22/10/2022 (30 in total). Recorded patient pain score extracted from admission clerking.
Pain score tends not to be recorded at the time of admission and analgesia is prescribed based on clinical judgement. Therefore, a poster of new Trust guidelines for patients admitted with Neck of Femur Fractures (NOF) was circulated amongst Orthopaedics department and A&E in Watford General Hospital, United Kingdom.