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Daniel O'Driscoll from the Northam Health Pharmacy


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Daniel O'Driscoll from the Northam Health Pharmacy presented on Pharmacy based sleep apnoea services

Daniel O'Driscoll from the Northam Health Pharmacy presented on Pharmacy based sleep apnoea services

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  • 1. Pharmacy based sleep apnoea services Dose Administration Aids and improved medication compliance Daniel O’Driscoll BPharm MPS
  • 2. What is sleep apnoea   Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the upper airway. Condition characterised by: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Daytime sleepiness, fatigue and tiredness Poor concentration Irritability and mood changes Impotence and reduced sex drive Need to get up to toilet frequently at night  It’s estimated that about five per cent of Australians suffer from this sleep disorder, with around one in four men over the age of 30 years affected. 
  • 3. Complications of sleep apnoea  Sleep apnoea is associated with an increased risk of ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Cardiovascular disease Stroke High Blood pressure Diabetes Arrhythmias Sleep deprived car accidents
  • 4. Avon Home Sleep Studies (Branches in Northam and York) Health professionals can refer patients for Home Sleep Study testing.  Patients are fitted with a SOMTE machine to monitor blood oxygen levels, monitor for restless legs and monitor a patients Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI) which determines the severity of sleep apnoea  In the event of a positive diagnosis, patients are encouraged to trial Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and counselled on contributing factors such as excessive weight and alcohol use.  Conveniently located in Health Pharmacy Northam in the Boulevarde Shopping Centre and Health Pharmacy York on Avon Terrace 
  • 5. CPAP By pushing positive airway pressure through the nose and mouth, the patients airways remain open, allowing the patient to reduce their apnoeas and achieve better quality sleep.  One of the most effective treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea  Resmed RESCAN technology allows for sleep technicians to download data and regularly monitor the effectiveness of CPAP for their patients 
  • 6. Medication Compliance/DAA A report issued by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia found that approximately 50% of patients failed to adhere to their medication regime, leading to poorer health outcomes and increased health care costs.  Dose Administration Aids (DAA) can reduce the complexity of medication regimes, improve Quality Use of Medicines and lead to better health outcomes. 
  • 7. Northam Pharmacy and Dose Administration Aids Health Pharmacy Northam has a specialised DAA manufacturing facility, responsible for the manufacture of over 1000 DAA’s per week. We provide DAA’s for nursing homes, prisons, detention facilities and community clients  Health Pharmacy Northam has a triple check system for their DAA’s, reducing risk of errors and improving medication delivery to clients  Health Pharmacy Northam can provide stationary for community care organisations to keep records of medication administration 
  • 8. MEDSCHECK AND DIABETES MEDSCHECKS All community DAA clients are encouraged to engage in a MEDSCHECK  A medscheck is a free service to community patients to have a one-on-one consultation with a Pharmacist to discuss issues around medication compliance and ways to address it.  Counselling on the proper use of pharmaceutical devices (e.g. Inhalers) 
  • 9.  Health Pharmacy Northam thank you for listening