- Article: Serrano Santos JM et al (2012) Drug administration guides in dysphagia. Nursing Times; 108: 21, 15-17.
- Nurses may benefit from specific training in the administration of medication to patients with dysphagia
- An individualised medication administration guide (I-MAG) can help nurses to administer medication to this group and increase safety
- Nurses often feel more confident in their practice when I-MAGs are in place
- Time and safety are nurses’ main concerns when administering medication to patients with dysphagia
- Research to determine the cost-effectiveness of I-MAGs is needed
- Think about a patient in your ward or unit who has dysphagia. What measures have you taken to ensure their drugs are administered safely?
- Why are patients with dysphagia more likely to suffer a medication administration error than those without swallowing difficulties? You should find this link useful.
- How can the risk of error be reduced?
- What information do you need to ensure safe drug administration for this group of patients?
- What should you consider before administering drugs via enteral feeding tubes? You should find this link useful.