OHP-006 Feedback of an orthotic activity performed by hospital pharmacists in french rehabilitation medicine unit

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Abstract

Background

The rehabilitation medicine unit provides individualised care and therapy that allows for a return to maximum independence as soon as possible after traumatic or vascular incidents. Such therapies use mainly orthoses. Nevertheless, most French rehabilitation medicine units do not have an orthotist due to the limited bed number (<100). In France, only pharmacists with additional training can perform orthotic activities. In addition, French pharmacist are in charge of handling and delivering medical devices for hospitalised patients. Thus pharmacists could be an interesting alternative to perform orthotic activity in rehabilitation medicine units without an orthotist.

Purpose

Evaluation of orthotic activities performed by pharmacists in a French rehabilitation medicine unit of 25 beds.

Material and methods

We describe 6 months of patient’s orthotic care after implementation of orthotic activities performed by hospital pharmacists.

Results

After implementation of orthotic activity by hospital pharmacists, all patients were wearing their correct orthoses allowing full efficiency of such medical devices. This was possible due to several factors, leading to reactive and personalised caring:

Conclusion

The development of an orthotic activity is essential to optimise the efficiency of therapies in rehabilitation medicine units. Indeed, such therapies required rapid and personalised delivering of well fitted devices to increase patient compliance, orthosis efficiency, thereby preventing potential sequelae or patient aggravation. The manufacture of personalised orthoses in thermoformable plastic is also interesting from a hygienic angle. Also, these activities, comparable with pharmaceutical consultations with both pharmacologic and orthotic patient caring, enable quicker pharmaceutical integration in the medical units. In additions, these consultations allow patient recognition of pharmacists as health agents by direct contact with them.

Conclusion

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