David Cousins is an independent safe medication practice consultant; former head of safe medication practice, National Patient Safety Agency and NHS England
Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.
Too many patients are not receiving their full prescribed dose with small-volume drug infusions, but hospital pharmacists can act to ensure patient safety.
Is it sufficient to dispense a prescription for lithium as written and have no other involvement? Two examples of incidents reported to the National Patient Safety Agency show why it is not.
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