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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE NURSING (IJCCN)   FALL 2009 , Volume 2 , Number 3; Page(s) 113 To 115.
 
Paper: 

NURSES' DRUG CALCULATION ABILITY IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU)

 
 
Author(s):  NASIRI EBRAHIM*, BABATABAR DARZI H., MORTAZAVI YOUSEF
 
* FACULTY OF PARAMEDICINE, MAZANDARAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SARI, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Aims: Serving multiform of drugs, specially those used in milligram, milliecivalan or concentration/percent, mostly by nurses could be a source of calculation error. This study performed to investigate nurses' calculation error related to drugs mostly used in ICU.
Mazandaran University of medical sciences' hospitals completed a questionnaire included demographic and 5 questions about the three main drugs used in critical conditions. The answers evaluated to three levels (low, moderate and good).
Results: Most ICU nurses (55.5%) drug calculation ability was moderate. There were no significant differences between male and female nurses in drug calculation ability.
Conclusion: Nurses' drug calculation ability in non milli- or microgram unit drugs is low or moderate and they do lots of mistakes. So, it is suggested that all of ICU nurses should learn about drug calculation and attend in some related educational classes.

 
Keyword(s): INTENSIVE CARE, DRUG ERROR, NURSES, DRUG CALCULATION ABILITY
 
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