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Volume 9/Issue 5, September 2013

Reflecting on intravenous drug administration: towards safer practice

Sarah Kirk, Jo Cookson

Neonatal drug administration errors continue to be an escalating problem within NICUs. A strategy to enhance learning and hopefully reduce the number of adverse incidents reported was needed. A literature review was found to be of limited benefit in identifying tools to enable clinical staff to implement risk reduction. A locally developed education programme was successfully implemented resulting in a reduction in the number of intravenous drug administration errors. This article will share the evolution and implementation of this strategy in order to move towards safer practice.

Kirk S., Cookson J. Reflecting on intravenous drug administration: towards safer practice. Infant 2013; 9(5): 166-69. Free download PDF

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