Pharmacist

Preparation and Administration of Drugs

In most hospitals the reconstitution and preparation of complex drugs takes place in centralized units typically in a controlled environment with experienced staff.

When preparing intravenous drugs there are key elements that need to be taken into account:

  • Accurate dose and concentration
  • Sterility
  • Stability
  • Occupational exposure

Adhering to guidelines and recommendations is important but may not be sufficient. The preparation and administration of toxic drugs is sometimes more complex and the risk of errors and system failures could result in harmful outcome for the patient.

The prevalence of medication errors associated with drugs is not exactly known, but incorrect usage of these drugs can cause serious harm for the patients. Therefore extra measures need to be taken to ensure patient safety and prevent medication errors.

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