Undertaking safe medicine administration with children: part 1
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Undertaking safe medicine administration with children: part 1

Jayne Pentin Professional development nurse, Leeds Children’s Hospital
Michelle Green Lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Leeds
Joanna Smith Lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Leeds

This is the first of two articles that aim to provide children’s nurses with an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge of medicines management when caring for children and young people. This first article outlines the principles of effective medicines management including the pharmacology language required to accurately read prescriptions, the way children respond to medicines, managing risk, including the concept of human error, and working in partnership with children, young people and families. The second article, to be published in September, will focus on numeracy and calculation skills, identified as an important risk factor associated with medication errors in children.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 6, 35-42. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2016.e744



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This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 December 2015

Accepted: 03 March 2016

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