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Maintaining standards in prescribing and administration of neonatal drugs

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Context

The prescribing workbook is issued to all new neonatal doctors who commence work in the Trust. Doctors complete the exercises following their induction session. The workbooks are then reviewed and if necessary specific feedback is provided to individuals.

Aims

The prescribing workbook aims to inform doctors of the risks when prescribing and encourage good prescribing practice.

Description

Exercises focus on good prescribing practice and include exercises relevant to local practice and also more generic examples of how to prescribe and monitor gentamicin and vancomycin, prescribing of neonatal IV fluids etc.

Implementation

This version of the workbook was revised following feedback and as a result of local incidents that had occurred.

Suggestions for further implementation

The workbook is currently being reviewed, as ePrescribing has now been introduced locally, so the context of some of the questions is not relevant.

Challenges and learning

The workbook is currently being reviewed, as ePrescribing has now been introduced locally, so the context of some of the questions is not relevant.

Quality assurance/MHRA registration

N/A