Board game may help train clinicians to reduce medication errors

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A board game developed by City University London may help healthcare providers better understand medication errors to reduce such mistakes.

The Drug Round Game is an adaptation of the children's game Snakes and Ladders, according to an announcement from the university, and is designed for clinicians who are directly or indirectly involved in the administration of medications to patients. Developers say the game can help facilitate discussion about medication safety and allow clinicians to practice drug calculations.

The game's "narrative structure," according to its creators, shows the nature of medication errors, how and where they occur, and the impact on patient safety.

"Knowledge about drugs and when and how to use them is critical for patient well-being and safety," Stan Newman, dean of the School of Health Sciences at City University London, said in the announcement. "What better way for healthcare students to learn than by playing a game."

To learn more:
- read the announcement