US hospital initiative improves on-time administration of Parkinson’s medication

News

Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 16 July 2020

Parkinson's LifePrep: Parkinson's LifeCook: Parkinson's LifeServes:

Late or missed doses of Parkinson’s medication in hospitals can lead to longer stays and greater morbidity. To counteract this issue, a team of healthcare professionals in the US launched a project to improve the on-time administration of levodopa to people with Parkinson’s.

As part of the initiative – published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease – several measures were implemented, including electronic alerts for nurses, stocking automated medication dispensing machines with carbidopa-levodopa products, reporting to nurse unit managers on timeliness of medication administration and more.

Dr Martha A Nance, the project’s lead investigator, said: “This project was very rewarding for our team, because of its obvious, immediate, and important impact on patient care.

“We have reason to think that timely administration of carbidopa-levodopa may be associated with shorter stays and better outcomes and satisfaction. Anecdotally, patients have reported being surprised and pleased that nurses were reminding them that medication doses were due soon, rather than the other way around!”

To read more on this topic click here.

For more information on Parkinson’s and hospital admission please visit the EPDA website.


Read more:

Does deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s increase the risk of dementia?

Researchers “stunned” by study that raises hopes for Parkinson’s treatment

Go Back

Share this story

Comments


Related articles


people

Interviews

“People out there want to help”

The walk raised £37,000

READ MORE
Heap of medical pills in white, blue and other colors. Pills in plastic package

PD in Practice

Dopamine agonists for Parkinson’s: a simple introduction

Find out more about the Parkinson’s medication

READ MORE
Tony Seidl lead

Europe

Tony’s two-wheel tour: a man, a bike and a Parkinson’s promise

Daily diary entries during epic 11-day bike tour across the Alps

READ MORE