dr-nithushi samaranayake

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS


 

Dr.  Nithushi Samaranayake

Dr. Nithushi Samaranayake B.Sc (Pharmacy), PhD

Senior Lecturer Grade II and Coordinator B Pharm
Department of Allied Health Sciences

Telephone - Office : +94 11 3182366     Mobile : +94 71 4467919
E-mail : nithushisamaranayake@yahoo.com

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GENERAL INFORMATION


 

  • PhD (Clinical Pharmacology), Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 2013
    Title of thesis: Medication safety in hospitals - Medication errors and interventions to improve the medication use process
  • B.Sc. (Pharmacy) First Class Honours, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

  • Clinical Pharmacy
    • Medication safety in hospitals and community
    • Medication appropriateness among patients
    • Drug Utilization Evaluation
    • Patient safety
  • Good Pharmacy Practices

 

 

PUBLICATIONS


 

Original Articles

 

  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, MPS Lam, TT Cheung, WCM Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. The effectiveness of a ‘Do Not Use’ list and perceptionsof healthcare professionals on error-prone abbreviations. Int J Clin Pharm. DOI 10.1007/s11096-014-9987-9
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, K Cheng, K Lai, WC Chui, BM. Cheung. Implementing a bar-code assisted medication administration system: Effects on the dispensing process and user perceptions. Int J Med Inf. Eupub Ahead of Print.
  • NR Samaranayake, PR Dabare, CA Wanigatunge, BM Cheung. The pattern of abbreviation use in prescriptions: a way forward in eliminating error-prone abbreviations and standardisation of prescriptions. Curr Drug Saf. 2014;9(1):34-42
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, BMY Cheung. The pattern of the discovery of medication errors in a tertiary hospital in Hong Kong. Intl J Clin Pharm. 2013;35(3):432-8
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, MPS Lam, TT Cheung, WCM Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. Error-prone abbreviations in prescriptions: The effectiveness of a ‘Do Not Use’ list and feedback from prescribers, pharmacists and nurses. Int J Clin Pharm. Accepted with minor revisions.
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, BMY Cheung Technology-related medication errors in a tertiary hospital: A 5-year analysis of reported medication incidents, Int J Med Inform.2012: 81 828 - 833
  • NR Samaranayake, KL Ong, RY Leung, BM Cheung. Management of obesity in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2007-2008. Ann Epidemiol. 2012;22(5):349-53.
  • C Li, CL Cheung, TT Cheung, NR Samaranayake, BM Cheung. Hay fever and hypertension in the US adult population. Clinical and Experimental Hypertension. 2013 Jun 20.
  • C Li, NR Samaranayake, KL Ong, HK Wong, BM Cheung. Is human cytomegalovirus infection associated with hypertension? The United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002. PLoS One. 2012;7(7).

 

 

Review Articles

 

  • NR Samaranayake, B.M.Y Cheung. Medication safety in hospitals: Avoiding errors in the medication use process. Adv Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2013;2: 134. Doi:10.4172/2167-1052.1000134
  • NR Samaranayake, BMY Cheung. “Avoiding medication errors - what is the best evidenced based practice?” International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, ISSN: 0975-766X
  • NR Samaranayake, BMY Cheung. Medical abbreviations - Striking a balance between convenience and patient safety. Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka. June 2011

 

 

Abstracts (published)

 

  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. Using abbreviations in prescriptions: the perspectives of doctors, pharmacists and nurses. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2013;19 (Supplement 1): pg 39
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, K Cheng, K Lai, W Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. Perceptions of pharmacy and nursing staff on a pilot programme of a bar-code assisted medication administration. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2013;19 (Supplement 1): pg 40
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, K Cheng, K Lai, W Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. Development and validation of a survey instrument to assess attitudes of health professionals. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2013;19 (Supplement 1): pg 40
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, K Cheng, K Lai, W Chui, ICK Wong, BMY Cheung. A pilot programme of a 2D bar-coded medication administration system: direct observation of changes to the pharmacy process. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2013;19 (Supplement 1): pg 41
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, BMY Cheung. Reducing the use of inappropriate abbreviations in prescriptions. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2012;18 (Supplement 1): pg 45
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, BMY Cheung. Medication incidents related to technology in a university-affiliated general hospital in 2006 - 2010. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2012;18 (Supplement 1): pg 44
  • NR Samaranayake, STD Cheung, W Chui, BMY Cheung. The pattern of non-intercepted medication errors in a university affiliated teaching hospital. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2012;18 (Supplement 1):pg 44
  • NR Samaranayake, Chao Li, KL Ong, RYH Leung, BMY Cheung. The association between glycated hemoglobin and waist circumference in the US population. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2012;18 (Supplement 1): pg 43
  • C Li, NR Samaranayake, KL Ong. HK Wong, BMY Cheung. Is human cytomegalovirus infection associated with hypertension? The United States National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999 - 2002. Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2012;18 (Supplement 1): pg 38

 

 

Books

 

  • Sri Lanka Personal Formulary - Contributing author