Stringent checks needed on medication and dosage

It was shocking to read yesterday's report ("Many in nursing homes take wrong meds, dosage"). But it is encouraging that some measures are in progress to address this concern.

As laymen, we rely totally on the professionalism of doctors, nurses and pharmacists to dispense the correct and appropriate dosage of medicine.

Wrong medication and dosage, in the worst-case scenario, can be life-threatening. Less-serious consequences involve impeding patients' recovery.

Stringent checks are required to ensure all patients are given the correct medication and dosage, in accordance with doctors' prescriptions.

If there is any doubt, nurses and pharmacists should immediately clarify with the doctors concerned.

Lim Lih Mei (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Stringent checks needed on medication and dosage'. Print Edition | Subscribe