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Prof Nurse. 2003 Sep;19(1):41-2.

Tablet crushing and the law: the implications for nursing.

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Centre for Philosophy Law and Healthcare, School of Health Science, University of Wales, Swansea.


The practice of crushing tablets is thought to be widespread. Whether this is done to make swallowing a medication easier for a patient with physical difficulties or to disguise the administration of a drug, there are several legal implications for nurses. Health professionals must be very sure that their reasons for crushing tablets could be justified in a court of law.

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