Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nursing Home Med Errors Vary by Form of Drug

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

Residents in nursing and old age homes are four times as likely to get an incorrect dose of medication if it's in liquid rather than pill form, researchers reported.

In a study in 55 British homes, errors included such things as incorrect measurements and not shaking a suspension, according to David Phillip Alldred, PhD, of the University of Leeds in Leeds, England, and colleagues.

Errors also were more likely with inhalers and other drug formulations, compared with pills or tablets dispensed using a monitored dosage system, Alldred and colleagues reported online in BMJ Quality and Safety.

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