Nurses’ views on the implementation of Individualised Medication Administration Guides in patients with dysphagia in care homes

Serrano Santos, Jose Manuel, Wright, David, & Poland, Fiona (2013) Nurses’ views on the implementation of Individualised Medication Administration Guides in patients with dysphagia in care homes. In Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Annual Conference, 8-9 September 2013, Birmingham, UK.

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As conditions such as stroke, cancer, Parkinson's disease and Huntingdon's chorea are commonly found in care homes between 15% and 30% of residents in care homes have been found to have difficulties in swallowing their medicines.To address the difficulties associated with administering medicines to patients who cannot swallow (with dysphagia), Individualised Medication Administration Guides (I-MAGs) were introduced by a specialised pharmacist in Care for Elderly wards in a general hospital in East Anglia. The guides contained detailed information about how to administer each medication and they were individualised to the needs of the patient. The I-MAGs were printed in green forms and attached to the medication chart in order to be used in conjunction with it. The ward nurses reported an increase in their confidence when administering medication when I-MAGs were present in the ward. Some patients with I-MAG were discharged to care homes where the I-MAG might have been equally useful. However, the design of such guides is not known to be suitable for care homes environment where they have never been used before. This study aims to explore the opinions of nurses and carers within care homes on the relevance and acceptability of individualised medication administration guides for patients with dysphagia (PWD).

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ID Code: 84608
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Special Issue: Abstracts of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Annual Conference 2013, 8-9 September 2013, Birmingham, UK, Volume 21, Issue Supplement S2, pages 30–137, September 2013
Keywords: dysphagia, medication, nursing, swallowing difficulties, pharmacy
DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12064
ISSN: 2042-7174
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 23:11
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 23:17

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