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Audit of in-patient prescription and administration records on acute psychogeriatric wards in a teaching hospital

  • Oludemilade Onalaja (a1), Ruth Saffrey (a2), Elaine Jones (a3) and Peter Bentham (a3)
Abstract
AIMS and Method

An audit of in-patient prescription and administration records on acute psychogeriatric wards in a teaching hospital measured the extent of conformity to NHS trust drug policy and improvements following specific interventions. The audit also measured doctors' knowledge of the trust drug policy. Prescription cards of all patients present on the wards were re-audited after 12 months.

Results

The audit identified important shortcomings in prescription writing, recording and policy awareness. A targeted series of interventions resulted in significant improvements in some of these areas.

Clinical Implications

Continuous evaluation and feedback via audit can reduce omissions in prescription writing and recording.

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Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust, The Caludon Centre, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave, Coventry CV2 2TE
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Audit of in-patient prescription and administration records on acute psychogeriatric wards in a teaching hospital

  • Oludemilade Onalaja (a1), Ruth Saffrey (a2), Elaine Jones (a3) and Peter Bentham (a3)
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