Advocating for Patients in an Era of Drug-Delivery Problems

Amy M. Karch, RN, MS, CNS



This article addresses three critical drug-delivery issues— contamination of drugs prepared by compounding facilities, critical drug shortages, and infections caused by improper use of injectable drugs. This activity will assist nurses in learning what steps they can take to help patients avoid drug contamination and cope with drug shortages.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to provide information to enable the learner to gain information related to drug delivery so they can serve as patient advocates.


At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
1. Identify potential problems with drug compounding.
2. Discuss drug shortages.
3. Describe unsafe injection practices.
4. Explain the nurse’s role as patient advocate related to drug-delivery issues.


Amy M. Karch is an associate professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing in Rochester, New York.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this continuing nursing education activity.

Contact Hours: 1.4

Expiration Date: 6/15/2016

Pharmacology Hours: 1.4


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

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