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Care home medicine errors 'more likely with liquids'

Care home medicine errors 'more likely with liquids'

Liquid medicines are more likely to be administered in incorrect doses by care homes than tablets or capsules.

 

This is according to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety.

 

Looking at a total of 233 residents in 55 care homes in the UK, the research found that 53 per cent of medicines are given to people in tablets and capsules, with 29 per cent of these not provided in dispensers.

 

However, those that were provided in the manufacturer's original packaging were shown to be twice as likely to be administered in incorrect doses as those provided in a dispenser.

 

Furthermore, the likelihood of making a mistake when giving people medicine in liquid form was four times higher than when using tablets in dispensers.

 

This rose to 19 times higher when using a cream, injection or eye drop and more than 33 times as likely with an inhaler.
© Adfero Ltd

 

Care of the elderly news : 9 February 2011

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