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Staff nurse numeracy

Matt Griffiths Visiting professor, Prescribing and medicines management at Birmingham City University

Why it is important to test job applicants’ competence in calculating drug doses

An increasing number of medication incidents are a result of calculation errors. These are particularly common in areas such as paediatrics and neonatology – where medicines are often calculated by the weight of the child – or in areas where intravenous medicines are given as a bolus or infusion.

Nursing Standard. 32, 30, 30-30. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.30.30.s21

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