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Study reveals alarming level of drug errors in care homes
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:33 am 

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Do you believe older people do not get the attention they deserve when it comes to being looked after in a care home?

Seven out of 10 people living in a care home have suffered from medication errors, such as being given the wrong drug or wrong dose, a study has found.

The scale of drug errors alarmed campaigning groups yesterday and will be embarrassing for the government, which pledged in 2000 to tackle the problem.

The study, by Professor Nick Barber of the University of London School of Pharmacy and his colleagues, was designed to look at the number of mistakes made, not the impact they had on residents, but they say, "we saw several errors, particularly monitoring errors, which had caused harm or were likely to. In addition, many errors would reduce the quality of life and ability to function of residents, such as inadequate treatment of pain, of the bowels and of breathing."

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