Nurses’ knowledge about the double-checking process for medicines administration
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Nurses’ knowledge about the double-checking process for medicines administration

Zayed Alsulami Paediatric clinical pharmacologist, School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health, University of Nottingham
Imti Choonara Professor of child health, School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health, University of Nottingham
Sharon Conroy Lecturer in paediatric clinical pharmacy, School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health, University of Nottingham

Zayed Alsulami and colleagues report on the results of a study to explore the understanding and perceptions of checking procedures by clinicians working in a children’s hospital

This study aimed to evaluate nurses’ knowledge, perceptions and opinions of double-checking medication administration in a UK children’s hospital. Of 119 questionnaires distributed, 48 were returned. Only 30 respondents had seen a written version of the hospital double-checking policy. More than half stated that they had not received formal training in double-checking medications. Of 35 nurses providing a definition of double-checking, one gave a response that reflected hospital policy. Most respondents thought that staffing, workloads and interruptions affected adherence to double-checking; 15 reported that double-checking was easier to do at night; and the results suggested that lack of knowledge and of clear guidelines contributed to medication errors.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 9, 21-26. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.9.21.e378

Correspondence

zalsulami@psmmc.med.sa

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 March 2014

Accepted: 15 August 2014

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