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.
Medication errors are a leading cause of harm to patients. One of the key stages at which errors can occur is in calculating doses – a task often performed by nurses when administering drugs.
While many calculations are relatively simple and commonly used, others can be complex. If these complex calculations are also rarely used even nurses with long experience of medicines management can struggle.
The unit covers the different units of measurements used for medicine dosages and the skills needed to calculate dosages in tablet and capsule form, suspicion or solution and for intravenous infusion, as well as calculations based on patients’ weight.
It also discusses how to recognise incorrect dosages of medicines and how to ensure patient safety in medicines management.