A board game, based on drug rounds, has been developed by nurse educators to help frontline healthcare staff to minimise medication errors.
The Drug Round Game, which costs £60, has been created by Focus Games Ltd and City University London.
“The board game helps to practice and refresh skills”
Karen Rawlings-Anderson and Janet Hunter, both senior lecturers in adult nursing at the university, were behind its development.
The game is a face to face group learning activity where two teams compete to answer questions on a selection of topics.
Subjects dealt with in the game include causes of medication errors, administering medication, medicines management, practical advice to minimise errors, drug calculations and adherence.
The face-to-face nature of the game allows players to share knowledge, experiences and best practice – something not offered by other teaching methods, said the university.
It highlighted that the “collaboration and discussion” aspects were what made the game effective and allowed players to learn.
Nurses develop game to help reduce drug errors
Professor Stan Newman, dean of the school of health sciences at City, said: “Knowledge about drugs and when and how to use them is critical for patient well-being and safety.
“Developed by staff in the school of health sciences, the Drug Round Game achieves the learning required in an enjoyable yet challenging way for students who end up with the knowledge they need to ensure patient safety,” he said.
Tia Khan, from the research and enterprise department at City, said: “In collaboration with Focus Games, we were pleased to help support and fund novel board games developed by our staff members.
“Their vision was to provide a simple but effective means of supporting front line medical staff with drug calculation and patient safety practice in a fun and safe environment,” she said. “The board game helps to practice and refresh skills.”