Medication management in patients with dysphagia: a service evaluation
Bev Bennett Senior lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
Claire Howard Sister and specialist dysphagia practitioner, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield.
Helen Barnes Pharmacist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield.
Amanda Jones Stroke nurse consultant and clinical lead for stroke, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield.
The administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia presents substantial challenges to patient safety. Within stroke services, where up to half of patients may experience dysphagia, ensuring safe medication management is particularly challenging. This article describes how best practice within one stroke unit is being achieved by means of a knowledge-to-action service improvement project, ongoing education and training, and the input of a specialist dysphagia practitioner.
Nursing Standard. 27, 41, 41-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.06.27.41.41.e7498Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 02 January 2013
Accepted: 18 March 2013