Administration of drugs
An audit found that more than one in 10 patients prescribed antimicrobials missed at least one dose and examined the reasons why medication was delayed or missed
Oxygen is one of the most commonly administered drugs in acute care, often at high doses. However, given inappropriately, it can have adverse effects and, in susceptible patients, its injudicious use causes harm - even death.
Cholesterol-lowering statins may curb the spread of prostate cancer by interfering with the ability of tumour cells to squeeze into bones, UK research has shown.
A suggested gap in nurse training prompted NICE to produce guidance on use of IV fluid therapy aimed at all health professionals providing this therapy
Compliance and concordance
Patients may miss difficult-asthma clinic appointments for several reasons; a study examined whether telephoning those who did not turn up improved future attendance
The review was undertaken to establish the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors on people with mild cognitive impairment. There is little evidence that the treatment modifies disease progression to dementia
NICE drugs guidance
New evidence from randomised controlled trials on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reinforces the need to review all patients taking such medication