Changes in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 that came into force this year have enabled appropriately qualified nurses to independently prescribe controlled drugs (CDs), mix controlled drugs with another medicine, and use CDs in patient group directions.
Care of peripheral venous cannula sitesSubscription
Use of peripheral venous catheters is common but infection can occur, and prove fatal, if care is not taken to monitor the site and reduce the risk of complications.
Opioid prescribing in palliative careSubscription
NICE guidance on prescribing strong opioids for pain relief in palliative care stresses the importance of communication.
How effective are nurses’ medicine discussions?Subscription
Patient adherence to diabetes medicines is linked to a lower risk of mortality. A study explored whether nurses follow guidance on patient-centred medicine discussions.
Preventing malaria in travellers: an overviewSubscription
Nurses play a key role in advising travellers on malaria risks, prevention and symptoms.
Medication errors in patients with dysphagiaSubscription
A study examined whether medication errors were more common in acute hospital patients with dysphagia than those without, and the type and cause of such errors.
Drug administration guides in dysphagiaSubscription
People with dysphagia suffer more drug administration errors than the general population. Individualised guides were developed to boost nurses’ confidence and improve safety.
Diagnosing and managing epilepsySubscription
NICE has updated its guideline on epilepsy, mainly because new drugs have been licensed to prevent variations in care.
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?
Patient information on nebulised antibioticsSubscription
A leaflet was designed to provide high-quality information to patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis who are prescribed nebulised antibiotics.