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Intraoperative drugs: audit of prescribing practice
  1. M Trivedi1,
  2. M Burg1,2,
  3. N Wee1,
  4. H Smith1
  1. 1
    Department of Anaesthesia, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2
    Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
  1. Dr M Trivedi, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK; monicatrivedi{at}

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Antibiotics and analgesics are commonly given by anaesthetists in theatre, and continued by ward staff postoperatively. Frequently, administration of these drugs is documented only on the anaesthetic chart, and direct communication of this to the ward staff is rare. This may cause inadvertant overdosage.

Following several critical incidents in our department we audited prescribing of antibiotics and analgesics by anaesthetists. The records of 100 consecutive patients passing through Recovery were examined to …

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