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Article: Infusion pumps

Infusion pumps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but they all do the same thing; they allow us to accurately control the amount of fluids, medication or liquid food we give to the patient. The nurse will normally check each infusion pump every hour to make sure that the correct amount of fluids, medication or liquid food has been given. Pumps have in-built alarms, which let us know if there is a problem e.g. if there is a kink in the tubing or if an infusion is coming to an end.

Web Link: Medication passport: free app

This link will take you to the Apple itunes store, where you can download a medication "passport" to your phone or tablet. The app was developed by the NHS and is free. It is designed to help you keep track of, and understand your medications, including any changes made by your doctor.

Article: Medications on ICU

Medications Medications are an essential part of the care provided in the ICU. The amount and type of medicine (drugs) given to a patient will vary according to their condition and progress. ICU staff will explain your relative’s individual needs. Commonly patients will be given drugs to stop pain, as well as sedatives.

Article: Pharmacist

What does the pharmacist do on the wards? The pharmacy team includes clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and sometimes pharmacy assistants. The pharmacist's main role is to look at the patients' medication and to make sure that everything that's prescribed is appropriate and safe for the patient in terms of the dose, the way it's given, how often it's given and if there are any side effects. Why might a patient need to be seen by a pharmacist after being on...