• 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.