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safeMedicate for Institutions

Essential Skills Learning

Essential Skills is a highly interactive, visual and self-paced learning and assessment environment designed by experienced nurse educators and clinical pharmacists. It is designed to develop and assess the competencies required for safe medication dosage calculation at the point of registration.

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High quality graphics and video help your users through the calculation process.

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Essential Skills can be used to replace traditional methods of teaching and assessing drug calculation skills and locates seamlessly within a typical pre-registration curriculum. The integrated assessment features provide a platform for formative or summative assessments with automated and detailed diagnostic feedback on performance for the individual user and institution.

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Record how your users interact with our optional calculator to determine if they understand calculation setup.

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Essential Skills is designed to assist learners to:

  • Understand the essential clinical features of dosage and rate problems.
  • Recall and develop the computation skills required to accurately calculate dosages and IV infusion rates.
  • Develop the technical measurement skills to accurately measure the dose or rate using typical administration vehicles.
  • Practice at their own pace and continually assess and evaluate their learning and understanding.

Students work through 6 sections that combine to support the development of cognitive competence in drug dosage calculation problem-solving and to sensitize them to the functional competence requirements of clinical practice.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Prescriptions and SI Units.
  3. Tablets & Capsules.
  4. Liquid Medicines.
  5. Injections.
  6. I.V. Infusions.

Essential Skills enables students to undertake practice assessments in each of the four medication domains. Medication problems are drawn randomly from a structured assessment rubric of increasing levels of complexity.

Essential Skills Assessment

Essential Skills provides a number of assessment options for either formative or summative testing. All question sets are randomly generated with no two learners receiving the same mix of questions at the same sitting. However, all learners receive the same mix of problem complexity ensuring that there is parity across the group. Scoring and reporting is fully automated with release of results under the control of the organisation.

Diagnostic Numeracy Assessment (DNA)

This module is designed to gauge the learner’s start-point understanding of basic numeracy concepts and can be used pre or post selection of candidates. It consists of a 50-point assessment split into 8 sections that include Addition; Subtraction; Division; Multiplication; Percentages; Conversion of fractions to decimals; Multiple Computations and Conversion of SI Units.

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Assess your users basic numeracy skills.

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The problems are typical of the arithmetic that underpins medication dosage calculations. The assessment provides useful diagnostic feedback from the outset to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness to help guide and promote learning.

Authentic Diagnostic Assessment

ADA is designed to periodically assess the development of drug calculation competence and provide error diagnosis and feedback within conceptual, calculation and technical measurement domains. It does this by simulating the real world problems that students and practitioners will be exposed to in clinical practice and capturing each aspect of the problem solving process.

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Setup, calculate and measure the correct volume of medication in ADA.

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Detailed diagnostic feedback is provided to the learner and institution within the framework of the safeMedicate Competence Model ensuring that learning is always optimized.

Authentic Assessment

With a design informed by a 3-year programme of research commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Authentic Assessment takes one step closer again to the reality of medication dosage problem solving in practice. AA is used as a ‘point of registration’ assessment for learners and, in the UK, meets the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

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Measuring the correct volume of medication in AA.

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For registered practitioners, AA provides for pre-employment testing and periodic audit activities according to local need. Powerful reporting tools make it easy to swiftly and accurately verify drug calculation competencies and identify those staff requiring further training and support.

Why choose safeMedicate?

  • It works. Your users are prepared for the reality of practice using authentic screen based simulations of drug calculation problems.
  • It's accurate. Our diagnostic assessment tools help you identify users’ strengths and weaknesses within a research informed competency framework.
  • We save you time. Stay ahead with automated assessment marking and feedback generation and tools to monitor user engagement and progress.
  • We lower risk. Be assured of the drug calculation competence of your users and their ability to practise safely.

Institutional Purchase?

For volume purchase plans and costs please contact us directly.

We will be happy to discuss your requirements and advise on the most appropriate plan for your organisation.