High Risk Medications: A PINCH

NSW Health has a great poster to highlight high risk medications.  It’s called A PINCH.


Any medications that fall into these categories are high risk and should be carefully checked by 2 nurses.  These are not the only high risk medications, of course, but these categories are the most common high risk medications in most nursing settings.

ALL medications should be carefully checked and only given by someone who knows why the patient is prescribed it, what it is for, how it is given, what it does, potential side effects, and metabolism and excretion.

Medication safety is paramount in our profession.



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