Prescripción enfermera en España: práctica profesional y limbo jurídico

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Nurse prescribing has experienced much legislative confusion over the past 40 years in Spain. Nonetheless, primary care nurses prescribe medications, most frequently standard childhood vaccinations, antiseptics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and health care supplies such as consumables for diabetes care, wound care products used to prevent and treat chronic wounds, and supplies needed by patients with urinary incontinence. Therefore, nurse prescription is usual practice, whether it is autonomous or a collaborative effort with doctors and care protocols, even though the regulation of this activity lags behind daily practice. On the other hand, primary care nurses have greater knowledge than doctors do about certain medications and health care supplies and their use, such as those used for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. Care for patients with pressure ulcers, or at risk of developing them, tends to be provided by nurses. Therefore, this research uses the topic of caring for pressure ulcers to illustrate the merits of the legislation permitting nurse prescription. This achievement is expected to contribute to the development and strengthening of the nursing profession ​
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