In partnership with NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT), we’ve developed a new patient safety card about stopping certain medicines during sick days to prevent AKI.
Two workshops aimed at GPs, pharmacists, practice nurses and practice managers are being hosted to provide further information about the new card and the role healthcare workers have in distributing it to patients (attendees only need to come to one workshop). Training these roles together at the same educational event is a novel approach and will make them more likely to link up the patient journey and factor it into patient care; a common issue with AKI is that patients often don’t know when they move between different practitioners, and may act differently if they knew.
What’s the problem?
Dehydration can be a significant risk for people taking certain medicines. Therefore, a ‘medicine sick day rules’ patient information card has been developed that lists the medicines that should be temporarily stopped during periods of illness (vomiting, diarrhoea and fever) that can result in dehydration. The recent Think Kidneys July 2014 Ipsos MORI survey reported one of their headline findings as being that “as a massive generalisation, people don’t have a comprehensive understanding of what their kidneys do, how to keep them healthy, or what acute kidney injury is”. Full information about our work on this topic is available via clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/salford-sick-day-rules.
What is the role of healthcare workers?
The card will primarily be distributed to patients through community pharmacies and GP practices. Pharmacies and practices are asked to give a card to every patient receiving any of the medicines listed on the card. A supply of cards is also being sent to SRFT to give to patients when initiating one of these medicines.
What will the workshop cover?
- What AKI is and why it is important from a local and national context
- An introduction to CLAHRC GM
- An update on the Salford CCG AKI project
- The role of GP practices and pharmacies in the safety initiative.
Speakers include Sheila McCorkindale (Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Kidney, NHS Salford CCG), Dr Smeeta Sinha (Clinical Director for Renal Services, Salford Royal), Dr James Tollitt (Renal Specialist Trainee, Salford Royal), Dr Tom Blakeman (kidney health programme academic lead, CLAHRC GM), Dr Susan Howard (kidney health Programme Manager, CLAHRC GM) and Claire Vaughan (Head of Medicines Management, NHS Salford CCG).