Medication management in patients with dysphagia: a service evaluation
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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.e7498

Received: 02 January 2013

Accepted: 18 March 2013

Published in print: 12 June 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review