Review prescription

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

Look at the following sample prescription (you may use your BNF for this question)

Patient ID
Mr Andres Aardvark
1/1/321
Zoo Street
Timbuktu

Hospital no:123456
Special InstructionsAllergies
NKDA
Name  
Digoxin

Route  
Oral

Frequency 
OD
Dose
125 mcg

Comments
Monitor levels periodically
Time given
0800

What is the most important error on this prescription?

  • Incorrect route
  • Incorrect dose
  • Incorrect frequency
  • You never need to check digoxin levels
  • Contraindicated drug

The dose of digoxin is in MICROGRAMS. DO NOT write microgrammes as mcg it is not acceptable.

DO write microgrammes out in full. In this case a typical dose of digoxin is 125 microgrammes.