DOI: 10.1177/17504589231211442 ISSN: 1750-4589

Medication management in general surgical patients made nil by mouth perioperatively: A quality improvement study

Suseela Zwaal, Ahmed Hammad
  • Medical–Surgical Nursing
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Surgery

Perioperative medication management in patients who are nil by mouth for surgery or endoscopy is often suboptimal. Inappropriate medication management can prolong postoperative recovery and increase morbidity and mortality. This quality improvement study, carried out in general surgical patients at an 800-bed general hospital, aimed to improve perioperative medication management in accordance with the recommendations of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association Handbook of Perioperative Medicine. Increasing awareness and educating general surgical team members, including doctors and non-medical prescribers, about perioperative medication management led to a non-significant improvement in medication management. However, a statistically significant improvement was achieved when nursing staff were also included. This study highlights the importance of involving different members of the multidisciplinary team in perioperative medication management.

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