Reducing antipsychotic drugs in care homesSubscription
The risks of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia are well known. A review by pharmacists with care home staff led to the drugs being reduced or discontinued
A guide to prescribing anti-dementia medicationSubscription
Memory clinic services, including prescribing, are often led by nurses. Practice-based guidance aims to help nurses ensure patients get the correct anti-dementia medication
The World Health Organization’s drive to address the threat of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has intensified in recent years.
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.
Drug treatments for Alzheimer’s diseaseSubscription
No new drugs have been approved to treat Alzheimer’s disease since the late 1990s; this article discusses the problems this poses and the efficacy of these drugs
Many signs and symptoms of disease in older patients are attributed to old age without further investigation, leading to conditions being undiagnosed and untreated
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
Antibiotics are used to treat urinary tract infection in children; this Cochrane review researched the optimal regimen, looking at issues including effectiveness, adverse effects and antibiotic resistance
New evidence on risks associated with NSAIDsSubscription
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
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