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Medication errors: how cancer nurses can avoid them

Medication errors in cancer care are higher due to complex and risky drugs and therapies, so nurses need to know how to reduce errors and improve patient safety

Medication errors in cancer care are higher due to complex and risky drugs and therapies, so nurses need to know how to reduce errors and improve patient safety

  • There is growing evidence that medication errors are a major cause of harm to patients
  • Risk of errors in cancer care are higher because patients require numerous complex and risky drugs and therapies
  • Expansion of advanced nursing roles means nurses have become increasingly involved in prescribing

The risk of medication errors in cancer care is considered to be higher because patients tend to require complex and risky drugs from opiates and antibiotics to therapies, such as chemotherapy.

Nurses can be involved

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