Calculating doses accurately and precisely is important for any prescriber. It is estimated that prescribing errors cost the NHS £2.5bn annually but, more worryingly, also cause significant morbidity and mortality. There is considerable emphasis on reducing errors within clinical practice and it is incumbent on the prescriber that the individual maintains skills and accuracy to support their continued prescribing. A component of this is via annual appraisal and revalidation. We have developed this resource composed of 10 assessment questions that test the individual’s skills at dose calculations for parenteral therapies and have focused on topical areas that are popular amongst prescribers, such as aesthetics but also other popular parenteral treatments. The resource assesses the prescriber’s ability to calculate doses accurately, as well as calculate dosing schedules and reconstituting drugs for parenteral use. On successful completion of the resource, the user is presented with a certificate of successful completion that can then be used as a demonstration of their ongoing CPD at appraisal and revalidation.
Aims and Objectives
- Improve knowledge regarding drug calculations in topical clinical scenarios.
- Improve knowledge on how to calculate drug doses and reconstitution of mixtures as well as calculating IV infusion rates.
- Improve awareness of the seriousness of adverse events that can occur as a consequence of inaccurate dosing.