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Medication Management (administration of medicines)

Newly added to IMF 25, a practical guide to safety in administration of medicines. The Medicines Administration Safety Cycle is a powerful reminder of the key safety issues that must be considered every time a medicine is administered. Such is the importance of this guide, it now appears immediately inside the front cover of every IMF book. In nursing homes, disability centres and clincis, this chart is the engine of safety for every drug trolley.

Medication Errors (are avoidable!)

"If we thought we would make mistakes we would not make mistakes. The problem is we become complacent, we know the routine so well that we go on auto-pilot. Thankfully, real pilots are trained to avoid this by doing a thorough pre-flight checklist everytime...the same should be said for administering medicines".

Research shows that the most common errors in terms of administering medicines include wrong doses and wrong strengths. Such errors can have fatal outcomes and elderly patients are most at risk. Irish studies show that 20% of those over 50 years regularly take five or more medications. IMF clearly shows the dosage, including relevant details for special populations such as elderly and children, for every medicine.

The IMF Medicines Admininstration Safety Cycle protects the patient and the nurse. Its position right at the start of the book ensures it's always to hand in a book that is 100% Ireland-specific. Every medicine is included in IMF so the safety cycle chart and the rest of the same book are used to check specific details for each medicine. The days of loose guidance sheets stuck to drug trolleys are over.

IMF is the only source that includes all medicines prescribed for patients in Ireland. It includes all generic and branded generic drugs as well as the original brands. In addition to prescribing information, it provides practical details such as storage requirements for certain medicines, opening capsules or crushing tablets, taking medicines in relation to food and advice regarding dosing at specific times (morning/night).