|A description of dry oral forms of medication administration modifications by nurses in home settings.
|Year of Publication
|Robert V, Fabri B, Bouillot E, Papailhau C, Abbes M, Grino M, Vincentelli M-B
|Administration, Oral, Capsules, Deglutition, Deglutition Disorders, Humans, Tablets
Modifying the galenic of dry oral forms (DOF) to be administered to patients with swallowing or behavioral disorders is frequent in long term care homes. The objective was to investigate the practice of modifying DOF galenic by nurses in home settings (NHS). A 14-question electronic survey was distributed to 1977 NHS. Almost 3/4 of respondents reported crushing tablets or opening capsules, with 37% on a daily basis. Approximately 22% did not inquire about the feasibility of modifying galenic DOF beforehand. Nearly 75% of NHS were aware about the risk of ineffectiveness after crushing tablets or opening capsules. However, only 14% mentioned the risk of overdosing associated with this practice. More than 60% of NHS never wore protective equipment when changing dosage form. Changing the dosage form of DOF is a widespread practice in home settings. Our present work urges the need to improve collaboration between prescribing physicians, nurses and pharmacists.