Drug administration guides in dysphagia

Jose Manuel Serrano Santos, Fiona Poland, Jennifer Kelly, David J Wright

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Background: Patients with dysphagia are more likely to suffer medication administration errors than those without swallowing difficulties.
Aim: To evaluate the use of individualised medication administration guides (I-MAGs) for patients with dysphagia on one stroke ward over six months.
Method: A specialist pharmacist in dysphagia designed a software package supported with data on national guidelines on administering medicines to this group, which enabled the pharmacist to create I-MAGs. Once the pilot was completed, a questionnaire was given to all nurses, pharmacists and speech and language therapists who had used the guides.
Results: Of 26 health professionals approached, 19 returned questionnaires.
Eight (62%) nurses felt more confident in their practice when I-MAGs were in place.
Conclusion: I-MAGs were well received and supported individualised care. However, they needed additional pharmacist input and greater nursing time. Research to determine the guides’ cost-effectiveness is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-17
Number of pages3
JournalNursing Times
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2012


  • Deglutition Disorders
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Questionnaires

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