Drug administration guides in dysphagia.
Patients with dysphagia are more likely to suffer medication administration errors than those without swallowing difficulties.
To evaluate the use of individualised medication administration guides (I-MAGs) for patients with dysphagia on one stroke ward over six months.
A specialist pharmacist in dysphagia designed a software package supported with data on national guidelines on administering medicines to this group, which enabled the pharmacist to create I-MAGs. Once the pilot was completed, a questionnaire was given to all nurses, pharmacists and speech and language therapists who had used the guides.
Of 26 health professionals approached, 19 returned questionnaires. Eight (62%) nurses felt more confident in their practice when I-MAGs were in place.
I-MAGs were well received and supported individualised care. However, they needed additional pharmacist input and greater nursing time. Research to determine the guides' cost-effectiveness is needed.
University of East Anglia.
SourceNursing times 108:21 pg 15-7
Education, Nursing, Continuing
Nursing Staff, Hospital
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't