• Medication reconciliation in oncology & haematology inpatients

      Lydon, S; Garvey, E; Midland Regional Hospital, Arden Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, 2008)
      The aim was to assess whether the established advantages of pharmacist conducted medication reconciliation, applies to oncology and haematology inpatients
    • Pre-printed prescriptions as a means of reducing medication incidents in Haematology Patients at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore

      Garvey, E; Carr, J; Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore (Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, 2012)
      A number of incidents have occurred in the midlands area due to patients receiving inappropriately prolonged courses of cytotoxic chemotherapy. For example; Incident 1: On discharge, one patient was prescribed Melphalan and Prednisolone as a 6- day course, to be repeated every 28 days. The G.P. wrote a G.M.S. prescription for a 6-day course every week. The patient had received 16 days of treatment before the error was detected. Incident 2: Patient prescribed Chlorambucil in hospital. The hospital pharmacy dispensed the full course. The patient was discharged after 5 days. Patient was due to receive 7 days of chlorambucil. Patient brought home 2 days supply from hospital. Chlorambucil was also prescribed on the discharge prescription. Patient received another 7 days supply in the community. Patient received 14 days instead of 7 days of treatment.