Category list : Drug calculations
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The lack of basic maths skills can be a major problem when it comes to nurses administering drugs to patients. Calculations are still a significant source of drug error
Nurses frequently use various types of mathematical calculation as part of their clinical practice, mainly when administering drugs.
Clinical effectiveness and patient safety are at risk if inaccurate drug doses are administered. This study revealed gaps in basic mathematical skills
Chris Tyreman looks at common causes of drug errors and explores how the five rights of medication administration can help nurses prevent them
Drug recommended by NICE for stroke preventionSubscription
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended the oral anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa) as an option for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Intensive care bedside devices “do not adequately support” the information needs of nurses and may affect error rates, according to a German study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Police probe watered down morphine incidentSubscription
Detectives are investigating how bottles of painkilling morphine on a hospital ward were diluted with water, it has been disclosed.
GPs may be regularly making mistakes when prescribing medicines, according to a high-profile report published by the General Medical Council.
Almost one in three diabetic hospital patients experience medication errors that can cause dangerous blood glucose levels, a report has found.
“Daily dose of aspirin cuts cancer risk,” The Daily Telegraph says.