Pharmacists should note the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s updated guidance on use of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis in a range of hospitalised patient groups.
Smoking and smoking cessation treatments have a pharmacological impact on some commonly used drugs and should be taken into account during the selection, introduction and cessation of medicines.
Ensuring patients are optimised on maximum tolerated doses of medicines in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction is essential in minimising the burden of the condition.
Intravenous fluid managementSubscription
An introduction to fluid management for adults in hospitals, covering replacement during resuscitation, malnourished patients and following large electrolyte losses.
The evidence base supporting pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for nausea and vomiting after surgery.
An overview of the assessment process for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in the hospital setting and the treatment options available.
Palliative management in end-stage liver diseaseSubscription
Early palliative interventions, including reviewing regular medicines and managing common symptoms, enables patients to remain comfortable during end-of-life care.
An overview of the treatments for anaemia in chronic kidney disease and the tests needed to prescribe and assess their effectiveness.
Parkinson’s disease: management and guidanceSubscription
An overview of Parkinson’s disease management, including discussion of the updated National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines.
An overview of management options for type 1 diabetes, the types of insulin, insulin regimens and strengths available for its day-to-day management as well as how to adjust doses and the role of carbohydrate counting and blood glucose monitoring.
Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.
Appropriate community pharmacy management and referral of patients with chronic peripheral joint pain
A summary of best practice joint pain management recommendations for use by community pharmacy teams.
A guide to help community pharmacy team members effectively engage with patients and have a conversation about joint pain symptoms.
Of the nearly 237 million medication errors occurring in England each year, 28% have the potential to cause harm. This article outlines the immediate steps to be taken following identification of a medicines safety incident.
Access to colorectal cancer screening varies across the UK. This article describes the various tests and how community pharmacists can promote them.
Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription
As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization.
Try our quiz, with questions based on 2018’s CPD and learning articles, and test your knowledge of subjects ranging from depression in children and young people, menopause, type 1 diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s disease.
How to advise parents, dispell myths and spot the ‘red flags’ for onward referral.
Managing plantar heel pain in the pharmacySubscription
How to differentiate plantar fasciopathy from other causes of plantar heel pain, advice for pharmacists on counselling patients and when to refer.
How to treat fungal nail effectivelySubscription
Owing to the high recurrence rate of fungal nail infections, pharmacy professionals should be able to advise patients on effective treatment and preventative and appropriate self-care strategies to avoid re-infection.