Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Give Xml by measure: does counselling and measuring device provision improve a carer's ability to measure liquid medications accurately?
Author: Wischusen, Victoria
Dimond, Renee
Issue Date: 2019
Publication Title: Pharmacy Growth, Research, Innovation and Training (Pharmacy GRIT)
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Start Page: S15
End Page: S17
Abstract: Background: Parents and carers often administer liquid medication to children. Dose errors due to inaccurate measurements can cause harm. Aim: To determine if counselling from a clinical pharmacist and provision of an enteral syringe marked at the required dose improves parent/carer ability to measure liquid medications accurately. Method: A prospective pre-post study was conducted within the Paediatric Unit of a regional hospital. A convenience sample of parents/carers was enrolled to participate. Participants were asked to measure two volumes using an enteral syringe. The first measurement occurred without guidance. The second measurement occurred following pharmacist counselling. Each measurement was evaluated for accuracy. Results: Twenty-five participants were recruited. Following counselling, 68% (n=17) measured the correct volume, compared to 36% (n=9) pre-intervention. Participants reported improved confidence when measuring liquid medications after counselling. Conclusion: Counselling by a pharmacist, including the provision of an oral syringe marked at the required dose, improves parent/carer ability to accurately measure liquid medication.
Resource Link: doi: 10.24080/grit.1179
Internal ID Number: 01389
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Research Output

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.