Posted: Wed 25 Aug 2021
A clinical guide that has become a “bestseller” for the Pharmacy Department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital is being published in its fourth edition this month.
NEWTs are a resource for healthcare professionals and caregivers to help people with swallowing problems.
It is on the UK Medicines Information essential resource list because it has become highly respected and used by healthcare professionals around the world.
Jennifer Smyth, pharmacist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, said: “We are very proud to see the advice, which began as a local project, become a recognized reference source that benefits patients and healthcare professionals alike. countries and around the world. .
“Swallowing problems affect a large number of patients and it is important to help them take their medication safely and effectively. These guidelines provide a one-stop-shop for healthcare professionals and caregivers to find the information they need on a daily basis to help people with swallowing problems.
NEWTs began over nineteen years ago as a guide for nurses in Wrexham caring for patients unable to take tablet medication.
Nurses wanted to know if it was safe to crush the tablets (or open the capsules) so that the drug could be administered to patients with difficulty swallowing or to enteral feeding tubes. At the time, no information had been published on the subject, but the same questions kept coming up.
Hospital pharmacist Brenda Murphy gathered answers to the most common questions and developed a set of guidelines for her colleagues, covering 84 different medications.
This initial work was developed by his colleague Jennifer with each new query researched and added to the guidelines. Copies of the guidelines were shared with pharmacists in other centers, in exchange for any local protocols or experiences they might share with the project.
As a result, the range of drugs covered by the guidelines has grown steadily, and in 2006 it covered more than 500 different drugs.
At this point, the book has been professionally printed and released for sale for the first time, making it readily available to other healthcare organizations. About 900 copies were sold, or donated to associates and contributors.
An updated second edition included information on 100 other drugs and sold around 2,500 copies in the UK and overseas, with copies being shipped to Israel, Iceland, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2011, the guidelines were published in electronic form under the NEWT website name, making them readily available to any healthcare organization and allowing them to be easily updated so that subscribers have immediate access to the latest. information.
With the third edition, published in 2015, still in demand, the Pharmacy Department at Wrexham Maelor Hospital updated the book to produce a fourth edition, giving print users access to all of the updated information from the website.