An Evaluation of the Drug Calculation Skills of Registered Nurses in the Critical Care Department at a Tertiary Hospital in KSA
Background: Mathematical skills are essential for nurses to
ensure the accuracy of drug dose before performing
medication administration and also important in prevent
Objective: This study are to evaluate the drug calculation
skills of critical care department (CCD) registered nurses at
King Saud Medical City. A Convenience sample size of 220
CCD nurses 200 completed questionnaire and drug
calculation competency skill test.
Method: A cross-sectional survey with drug calculation
competency test for CCD nurses. Data analysis was
conducted using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social
Result: According to data analysis, 13.9% of participant
nurses were unable to get score >80% on drug calculation
test. Average score on the skill test exam was 86.1%
(SD=0.50). The Largest proportions of incorrect answers
were in vasopressors dose calculation.
Conclusion: This article highlighted drug calculation errors
were significant in critical care nurses. The common causes
of medication errors according to surveyed nurse’s feedback
related to frequently changing medication orders, nurses
suffer from workload.