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Medication Calculations: Preventing Errors

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Calculating the correct dose of any medicine you administer is crucial to avoid medication errors. Administering the wrong dose can have severe consequences for the patient, such as preventable morbidity and even death. Miscalculation is a serious and entirely preventable adverse event.

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Maths can be intimidating to some but being able to make quick calculations is an essential skill for healthcare practitioners. Calculating the correct dose of any medicine you administer is crucial to avoid medication errors. Administering the wrong dose can have severe consequences for the patient, such as preventable morbidity and even death. While miscalculation is a serious and entirely preventable adverse event, healthcare professionals are human, and errors can still occur. We, therefore, have a responsibility to our patients to find ways of minimising instances of medication errors from occurring.

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Sarah Vogel
Sarah Vogel specialises in producing well researched articles in the field of health and medicine. She has a BHlthSci (MRT), having studied and worked as a Radiation Therapist, as well as being trained as a telephone counsellor. She has written for a variety of online websites and blogs, but particularly enjoys focusing on health education and psychosocial issues.
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Dr Jenny Gowan is a practicing pharmacist, adjunct senior lecturer at Monash University and clinical associate at RMIT University. She has published over 500 educational articles, has extensive experience in giving presentations and lectures and runs a consulting pharmacy company. Jenny was awarded the 2013 PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year award and the 2016 AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year Award.
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