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Author: Kerri Wright
Date: May 2008
Journal: Nursing Standard
Issue: Volume 22, Number 36
Keywords: Drug dosage, Mathematical calculation, Medication errors
The role of mathematics is integral to nursing practice, and careful and accurate calculations are important to help prevent medication errors. This two-part article examines different methods for solving drug calculation problems. The first part critiques the commonly taught nursing drug calculation formula. Part 2, to be published next week, explores a range of other methods that are used in practice to calculate drug dosages.
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