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Setting up a homecare service for zoledronic acid treatment of osteoporosis
  1. See Mun Wong1,
  2. Sarah Pacey2,
  3. Opinder Sahota3
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Pharmacy, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3Department of Elderly Medicines, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to See Mun Wong, Department of Pharmacy, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, City Campus, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; Seemum.wong{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Increasingly, patients are able to receive parenteral medicines at home rather than in the hospital setting. We describe our approach to setting up a new intravenous zoledronic acid homecare service for patients with osteoporosis. Initial evaluation of service feasibility demonstrated a marginal cost saving of approximately 6%, when the drug is administered via homecare compared with hospital day-case unit. Rigorous risk assessment was conducted prior to service initiation. Implementation strategies are outlined. Surveys confirmed that the majority of patients were highly satisfied with the home infusion service.

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