NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Medicines Update Acute

For prescribers of all levels and health professionals in the acute sector

Medicines Update Acute Issue 1 Aug 2014

Posted: August 01, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

In this issue:

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Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting  

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New Vancomycin Prescription Chart (August 2014)

Posted: July 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

A new vancomycin prescribing, administration & monitoring chart for adult patients receiving intermittent (pulsed) infusion is being rolled-out across GGC. See GGC Medicines website for further information.

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Aztreonam and Temocillin (August 2014)

Posted: July 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

The (non cystic fibrosis) use of carbapenems (e.g. meropenem) in NHSGGC has more than doubled since early 2010.  The potential consequence of this is increased emergence of multi-drug resistant gram negative bacteria (MDRGNB) and in partic...

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Prescribing in Kidney Disease (August 2014)

Posted: July 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Prescribing AKI is common in hospitalised patients with intercurrent illness, multiple co-morbidities and polypharmacy.  It is defined as a sudden and sustained decline in Glo...

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Medication Allergy Documentation (August 2014)

Posted: July 31, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

Medication Allergy Documentation Poor documentation of allergies and intolerances can result in the administration of inappropriate medicines to patients with the potential to cause signifi...

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Launch of new GGC Medicines App (August 2014)

Posted: July 30, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

The GGC Medicines App is now available for Apple and Android devices.  Once downloaded much of the content is available without an internet connection.  Access is provided to the following resources: 1. Therapeutics Handb...

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PostScript Acute 17 (June 2014)

Posted: May 27, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute
Tagged with - Biologics Dabigatran Osteoporosis Antimicrobial Prescribing Anticoagulants Medication incidents gentamicin

In this issue:

  • Pharmacy prioritisation and referral
  • Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation: Update
  • TNF alpha inhibitors: risk of tuberculosis
  • Guideline news
  • Learning from incidents: warfarin follow-up post-discharge
  • Gentamicin prescription chart: updated version
  • Reminder: how to safely prescribe weekly alendronic acid

Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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PostScript Acute 16 (Apr 2014)

Posted: April 04, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

In this issue:
  • Clozapine, depot antipsychotics and Medicines Reconciliation
  • Voriconazole safety message
  • Guideline News
  • Iron and antibiotics interaction
  • Learning from incidents: Gentamicin dose frequency errors

Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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PostScript Acute 15 (Feb 2014)

Posted: February 05, 2014.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

In this issue:
  • Antiepileptic drugs and brand prescribing
  • TrakCare discharge prescriptions: What do pharmacists check?
  • Gentamicin and vancomycin online dose calculators: care with data entry
  • Emergency Care Summary (ECS): an update
  • Guideline news

Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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PostScript Acute 14 (Dec 2013)

Posted: December 04, 2013.
Category - Medicines Update Acute

In this issue:

  • Learning from incidents
  • IV iron and serious hypersensitivity reactions:  new MHRA advice
  • GGC Respiratory Inhaler Identification Guide
  • ECS and medicines prescribed by specialist services
  • New vancomycin prescription chart coming soon..
  • Contra-indications to apixaban, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban
  • Guideline news
  • BNF LearnPro module

 Information included is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting.

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