Category list : Drug calculations
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Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs - 3rd editionSubscription
’This is an excellent tool to enable staff to undertake risk assessments – although written for nursing staff working in the US this is equally relevant for oncology nurses in the UK.’
Why Mothers’ Medication MattersSubscription
’The author raises some valuable points regarding how breastfeeding is viewed by both the greater medical field and society.’
A college in Lancashire is offering a free course to help nurses and other health professionals brush up on their maths skills.
Miscalculating doses is a common source of drug errors. This article explains how to calculate drug doses and highlights common errors. After reading it, you can undertake the Nursing Times learning unit Drug Calculations in Practice, which includes clinical scenarios to test your knowledge
’It is a comprehensive reference book for students on all the most popular drugs used.’
“Women who take paracetamol or ibuprofen just twice a week could be damaging their hearing permanently,” the Daily Mail reports.
Last week’s revelations about the proposed scope of practice for nursing associates should put more pressure on the government to announce its intentions for the role – and fast.
’This is an excellent resource for students and in fact any registrant who would like to brush up and refresh their skills in the area of drug calculations. ’
The Invisible Work of NursesSubscription
’The book is readable for all healthcare professionals and it might be useful for non exec directors as well to enable them to understand the complexities of nursing.’
'Patients need properly trained nursing staff'Subscription
Ever since we broke the story on the nursing associate role, people have asked what Nursing Times’ position is on the issue.
’Each chapter is broken down into shorter essays, comprehensive notes and references at the end complete an in-depth and well researched book’
Numeracy and Clinical Calculations for Nurses Subscription
’The book is aimed at undergraduate students or nurses requiring a refresher of their numeracy skills, but the basic level means it is probably best suited to junior students.
We talk to Vicki Abrahams, a student nurse, currently in her second year.
From Farms to Pharma Subscription
“This book is a rare treasure being applicable to ward nurses, specialist nurses, ward managers and students.”
'I realised that not being able to calculate drugs correctly could be a matter of life or death - literally'Subscription
Why do I find maths so difficult when my peers tend to sail through? Why is my handwriting such a mess? Why does it take me so long to understand? Why am I so dumb?!
A £10m prize has gone on offer to find a solution to the growing issue of bacteria and viruses which are resistant to antibiotics.
A drug derived from sea sponges extends the life of women with an especially aggressive form of breast cancer by almost five months, research has shown.
A body-clock “atlas” mapping the 24-hour activity patterns of thousands of genes has been created by US scientists.
A pill that could help prevent blood clots in people who have suffered heart attacks has been been recommended for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Treating patients suffering from the deadliest form of skin cancer with a combination of drugs could help extend their lives, research has suggested.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes because of the way they function, research has shown.
A new drug for skin cancer patients should be made available for widespread use on the NHS, health officials have said.
Single pill 'aids heart patients'Subscription
Heart attack survivors given multiple pills instead of one are less likely to follow treatment regimes - putting themselves at risk of a repeat attack, a new study suggests.
Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing StudentsSubscription
‘Definitely nursing students of any branch, potential applicants for nursing, and anyone who has graduated that wants to brush up on their drug calculations skills, should read this book’
Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain or improving related lifestyle factors, according to a large randomised trial.
A new way of screening drugs using samples of beating heart tissue has been pioneered by UK scientists, which it is claimed could lead to safer treatments while avoiding risky human trials or distressing animal experiments.
Nurses’ prescribing behaviour at a mental health trust was compared with that of their medical mentors to assess similarities and differences
The number of statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs given to patients has trebled in the last decade, new figures show.
It is important that both patients and health professionals are aware of the risk of Clostridium difficile infection associated with antibiotic prescriptions in outpatient settings
A watchdog U-turn could allow thousands of patients with the deadliest form of skin cancer to receive a pioneering drug that helps the immune system destroy tumours.
'Miracle' drug for cancer treatmentSubscription
A pioneering new drug appears to have cured a British man with advanced skin cancer who had been given months to live.
Do nurses in your area lack numeracy skills?Subscription
What do you think?
Academic papers that questioned the widespread use of cholesterol-reducing statins are to be the subject of an independent investigation for one of the UK’s most prestigious medical journals.
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.
Audit of missed or delayed antimicrobial drugsSubscription
An audit found that more than one in 10 patients prescribed antimicrobials missed at least one dose and examined the reasons why medication was delayed or missed
Unequal access to a vital blood test means thousands of cancer patients may not be receiving the best treatment, a study has shown.
Safety review for diabetes drugSubscription
Medical experts are reviewing the safety of a widely used drug to treat diabetes after experts linked it to pancreatic cancer.
Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the UK received £40m in 2012 from pharmaceutical companies, figures suggest.
Bowel cancer drug funding in dangerSubscription
As many as 6,500 bowel cancer patients could be denied access to life-extending drugs when a cash pot to pay for them ceases to exist at the end of the year, a charity has warned.
New once-daily diabetes drug licensedSubscription
The European Commission has given a once-a-day pill for diabetes patients marketing authorisation.
Funding has been announced to develop drug tests that will be able to detect the substances a patient has taken through their fingerprints in accident and emergency departments.
Nursing Times Learning has launched a new online learning unit Drug calculations in practice which will be invaluable to qualified nurses and students, either to develop or refresh their skills in this vital area of nursing care.
“Daily dose of aspirin cuts cancer risk,” The Daily Telegraph says.
Almost one in three diabetic hospital patients experience medication errors that can cause dangerous blood glucose levels, a report has found.
GPs may be regularly making mistakes when prescribing medicines, according to a high-profile report published by the General Medical Council.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Tyreman looks at common causes of drug errors and explores how the five rights of medication administration can help nurses prevent them
Clinical effectiveness and patient safety are at risk if inaccurate drug doses are administered. This study revealed gaps in basic mathematical skills