Many patients who have difficulty swallowing pills are worried that they may not get enough of the medication they have been prescribed. But a recent study says that the opposite is true: patients with dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, are actually more likely to absorb too much medication into their systems.
The study, conducted in England, observed eight separate wards in psychiatric hospitals between March and June of 2008. Researchers recorded medicine administration errors (MAEs) in patients with and without dysphagia, including those with enteral tubes.
The study revealed some staggering results:
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