Nurses’ role in ensuring that prescriptions for diabetics are correct has been highlighted by new research
Researchers from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital looked at 75 diabetics’ charts and found that one in six had prescription errors.
Diabetes UK’s care advisor Cathy Moulton said: “Administering medication is not simply just following doctor’s orders. All nurses have a duty of care to their patients and must exercise their professional accountability and competence accordingly.
“If a nurse cannot read the prescription clearly, they must always get confirmation from the prescribing doctor and never guess or assume what may be intended,” she added.
For people with diabetes who treat their condition with insulin, their daily regime is vital to good diabetes management.
Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s lead researcher Dr Nagaraj Malipatil said: “Insulin prescribing, has for a long time been subject to less scrutiny and is prescribed less diligently because it is such a common medication in hospitals. Our audit has demonstrated an unacceptably high percentage of errors.
“We undertook a re-audit after intensive training of junior doctors and members of the team have shown significant reduction in prescription errors.”