Tablet crushing and the law: the implications for nursing

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal
  • Nurses / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Nurses / standards
  • Tablets / administration & dosage*
  • United Kingdom


  • Tablets