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.
Antibiotics are a precious resource. Since their discovery, they have saved lives and enabled huge advances in medicine and surgery.
Prescribers need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits when prescribing glucocorticoids, as a large study has shown they raise the risk of patients developing venous thromboembolism
An outline of sympathomimetic drugs, the different types and how they are used in certain groups of patients in clinical practice
This article outlines background on the cardiovascular system, and how its various components affect blood pressure and common factors that lead to hypotension
Using PGD to reduce surgical infection riskSubscription
Patients undergoing surgery for spinal injuries are susceptible to surgical site infection so one hospital used a patient group direction to reduce infection rates
Medicines Management provides essential evidence-based information on medicines and prescribing for nurse prescribers and those involved in administering medicines
Using OSCE for mandatory trainingSubscription
Nurses are often unenthusiastic about mandatory training, but an objective structured clinical examination approach can improve staff engagement.
Using COPD action plans to manage exacerbationsSubscription
People at risk of COPD exacerbations should be given self-management plans to encourage them to respond to increased symptoms - but do patients use them?
Using an alarm to improve drug trolley safetySubscription
A drug trolley surveillance device can improve the security of medications for ward administration by sounding an alarm if a drug trolley is left unattended