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Adverse Drug Reactions, Nursing and Policy: A Narrative Review
Annals of Nursing and Practice, Volume: 3, Issue: 3, Start page: 1050
Swansea University Authors: Sue Jordan , Mojtaba Vaismoradi, Pauline Griffiths
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Medicines' management is a priority in healthcare delivery, but weaknesses in the monitoring and management of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) cause unplanned hospital admissions, financial burdens on healthcare systems, patient discomfort, morbidity, and mortality. This paper suggests policies a...
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Medicines' management is a priority in healthcare delivery, but weaknesses in the monitoring and management of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) cause unplanned hospital admissions, financial burdens on healthcare systems, patient discomfort, morbidity, and mortality. This paper suggests policies and strategies that would help nurses minimise and manage ADRs to prescription medicines. The literature was searched for strategies to promote nurses' engagement with monitoring patients for potential ADRs. This narrative review opens the discussion by exploring the potential for nurse policy makers to address this hiatus in care. Recognition, amelioration and reporting of ADRs are important components of safe care, areas where nurses could make important contributions through collaboration in policy development, healthcare reform and enhanced nursing practice. Minimising ADRs necessitates paying sufficient attention to their recognition and prevention. Healthcare providers, particularly nurse leaders, need to commit to strategies to identify and address any adverse consequences of treatments, including ADRs: the axiom primum non nocere (first, do no harm) should be applied to all healthcare delivery. The application of structured nurse-led medicines' monitoring in practice depends on the collaboration of all healthcare professionals, co-ordinated by nurses. Incorporation of strategies to identify and ameliorate preventable ADRs into routine work will require the support of policy makers.
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions ; Nurses; Nursing Care; Patient Safety; Policy;
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences