Use of checking systems in medicines administration with children and young people
Sharon Conroy Lecturer in paediatric clinical pharmacy, University of Nottingham
Zareena Davar Specialist paediatric registrar, Derbyshire Children’s Hospital
Samantha Jones Children’s clinical research officer, At Trent Local Children’s Research Network, Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, Derby
Many hospitals employ double checks when administering medication to minimise the risk to children, who are more vulnerable than adults to errors. but this practice has resource implications, say Sharon Conroy and colleagues
This study aimed to establish which policies are in place for checking medication administration in UK children’s units and to discuss evidence to support the use of different checking processes. It involved a questionnaire survey (n=105) in 69 UK hospitals of children’s nurses and pharmacists. In the hospitals surveyed, most administrations of oral and intravenous medications were checked by two registered children’s nurses. Evidence suggests a role for single and double checking depending on risk assessment. Robust research is needed to further evaluate these processes.
Nursing Children and Young People. 24, 3, 20-24. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.24.3.20.s25Conflict of interest
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