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The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the safe storage of medicines

04 October 2017

Nursing Standard

CPD

The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is used to ensure specific medicines are safely stored within a narrow...

Medicines optimisation: priorities and challenges

23 March 2016

Nursing Standard

CPD

Medicines optimisation is promoted in a guideline published in 2015 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Four guiding principles underpin...

Safe storage and handling of vaccines

19 February 2014

Nursing Standard

CPD

Safe vaccine storage and handling is essential to ensure that the ‘cold chain’ that refrigerates the vaccine at a temperature between +2°C and +8°C is maintained...

Medicines optimisation

01 April 2013

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

In January 2012 the Royal College of Nursing’s advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) forum started a project to involve patients in prescribing decisions. It was evident...

Understanding the human and system factors involved in medication errors

18 July 2018

Nursing Standard

evidence and practice

Medication errors involving patients are a serious concern in healthcare practice. Nurses, more than any other healthcare professional group, are principally...

Improving medicine taking in epilepsy

01 November 2008

Paediatric Nursing

Continuing professional development

Many factors influence medicine taking in children and young people with epilepsy. Background knowledge of epilepsy and its management, an understanding of how...

Improving medicine taking in epilepsy

13 November 2008

Paediatric Nursing

CPD

Many factors influence medicine taking in children and young people with epilepsy. Background knowledge of epilepsy and its management, an understanding of how...

Undertaking drug calculations for oral medicines and suppositories

11 October 2017

Nursing Standard

CPD

Nurses are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in undertaking drug calculations as part of their practice. This article aims to assist nurses in...

Using the British National Formulary effectively

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Nursing students, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring of medicines should be able to...

Identification and management of drug allergy

27 March 2018

Nursing Standard

Medicines

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...