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Adverse drug reactions: ‘six rights’ to ensure best practice for children

31 May 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


In the second of a two-part article on adverse drug reactions Agnes Kanneh describes the six ‘rights’ of the recipient of a drug. These are: that the right person...

Minimising the risks of polypharmacy

01 May 2011

Nursing Older People


Polypharmacy holds particular risks for the older population, which nurses are in a good position to recognise and minimise. The aim of this article is to highlight...

Adverse reaction

27 January 2009

Nursing Standard


Prescribed drugs undoubtedly save lives but some can also adversely affect mental health

Identification and management of drug allergy

27 March 2018

Nursing Standard


This article describes the signs and symptoms of drug allergy, and explains the effects that it can have on patient care. It outlines the risk factors for the...

Polypharmacy: the challenge for nurses

25 May 2016

Nursing Standard


Polypharmacy refers to the prescribing of many medicines for one individual. Polypharmacy is increasingly common as a result of the rise in multimorbidity, use of...

Non-medical prescribing using the British National Formulary

23 January 2008

Nursing Standard


This article explores how to maximise efficient use of the British National Formulary (BNF) within the context of non-medical prescribing. It provides an overview of...

Warfarin-induced tissue necrosis: a case study

31 October 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

Warfarin-induced tissue necrosis is a rare and serious side effect associated with warfarin treatment. A case study of a patient with warfarin-induced tissue...

Prescribing medicines in people with renal impairment

30 October 2023

Nursing Standard

Care experience

Kidney disease is a common occurrence and alters how the body processes many drugs. Therefore, prescribers must consider the person’s renal function before...

Adverse drug reactions: classification, susceptibility and reporting

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are increasingly common and are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Historically, ADRs have been classified as type A or...

Nurse-led medicines monitoring: a study examining the effects of the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction Profile

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Aim Aim The physical health of people with mental health conditions is often suboptimal, and in many cases this may be related to their prescription medicines. One...