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Linda Chapman, Liz Halley
Nurse Prescribing, Vol. 5, Iss. 4, 11 May 2007, pp 157 - 160

Miscalculations are a common cause of drug errors. These can occur because
practitioners do not always have the numeracy skills and knowledge fundamental to the safe prescribing and administration of medicines. This
article discusses how the University of Reading has developed an
‘Introduction to Numeracy’ module which is enabling practitioners to
increase their confidence and competence in calculating doses when
prescribing and administering drugs. The provision of learning is flexible
in how, when and where students learn.

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