Administering medication to adult patients with dysphagia
Jennifer Kelly Tissue viability clinical nurse specialist, Department of Dermatology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Norfolk
David Wright Senior lecturer, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norwich
Medication administration errors are almost twice as frequent in mental health inpatients with swallowing difficulties than those without. Similar research has not been done in non mental-health patients. But dysphagia is a common symptom and this supplement aims to outline and describe the reasoning behind the national guidelines on medication administration in dysphagia, to promote safe administration of medicines and reduce the level of errors associated with medication administration in dysphagia.
Nursing Standard. 23, 29, 62-68. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.03.23.29.62.c6928Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review