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  1. Content Article
    HSIB's initial investigation considered that there may be a specific risk related to the administration of high-risk medicines to frail, elderly patients in hospital. Further investigation has identified specific risks associated with medication prescription and that these risks are not limited to the prescription of high-risk medications in isolation. The following safety issues will form the basis of the wider investigation: The systems and processes which underpin the prescribing of medication for older people admitted to hospital. The main patient safety risks arising from
  2. Content Article
    OptiMed-ID is an innovation unique within the UK, which uses robotic technology and logistics software to produce and deliver individual doses of medication within an acute hospital setting. It enables complete control of medicine prescribing, supply and administration, reducing medication errors and cutting waste. Already deployed and delivering significant cost savings in 20 hospitals in Italy, the independent evaluation work – completed December 2015 – has confirmed that the use of “optimisation of medicines with individual dosing” (OptiMed-ID) in an NHS acute hospital setting can deli
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    This resource, developed by UK healthcare professionals and policymakers, provides the information to support a safe and effective prescribing decision. Key Messages 1. Opioids are very good analgesics for acute pain and for pain at the end of life but there is little evidence that they are helpful for long term pain. 2. A small proportion of people may obtain good pain relief with opioids in the long-term if the dose can be kept low and especially if their use is intermittent (however it is difficult to identify these people at the point of opioid initiation). 3.
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    This online event is an important update for prescribers, and for those who take prescribed medicines, on the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework. This framework was originally produced in by the National Prescribing Centre as a competency framework for all prescribers, and updated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in 2016. Join this event to: Hear about the changes to the RPS competency framework for all prescribers. Hear how others in pharmacy and other healthcare professions are using the framework. Ask questions to colleagues who were involved in upd
  5. News Article
    Many patients are being prescribed unnecessary and even harmful treatments, a new report warns. The review, in England, suggests one-tenth of items dispensed by primary care are inappropriate or could be changed. Around 15% of people take five or more medicines a day - some are to deal with the side-effects of the others. The government is appointing a prescribing tsar to help with the issue and stop waste. Overprescribing can happen when: a better alternative is available but not given the medicine is appropriate for a condition but not the individual patient
  6. News Article
    Pharmacists will be allowed to write prescriptions under plans reportedly being considered by England's Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Mr Javid last month vowed the Government will "do a lot more" to ensure GPs see more patients face-to-face following complaints from the public. The proposals would see more prescriptions provided through pharmacies and hospitals for routine illnesses to allow doctors more time to see patients in person, according to The Sunday Times. GPs will also reportedly be able to pass off bureaucratic processes such as providing supporting medical evidence
  7. News Article
    A new information standard has been developed for sharing digital information on medication and allergies across different parts of health and social care services. The standard, which aims to reduce medicines errors comes into effect this month. NHS and social care organisations will have to show compliance by March 2023. GP practices, hospitals, mental health trusts, pharmacists, community teams and residential care homes will all have to meet the standard when transferring medication and prescription information between teams. The standard will be particularly helpful in redu
  8. News Article
    A major GP group in Plymouth covering tens of thousands of patients could have its licence removed after failing to make ‘substantial improvements’ ordered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In August, the CQC rated the Mayflower Medical Group “inadequate” and last month the regulator said it had served a “letter of intent” on the group after another inspection. Such a letter is the last step the CQC takes before a provider’s licence is suspended. Licence suspension would affect around 40,000 people (a sixth of Plymouth’s population), who live in one of the highest areas of depriv
  9. Content Article
    Topics covered include: Medication lists and medication changes Computerised prescribing IT systems Overreliance on technology Better education for medics Patient engagement and appropriate information Patient follow-up and real-world surveillance Measuring outcomes Outlook in the future
  10. News Article
    Sasha Mallett, Sue Taylor and Kimberly Cooley all have immune deficiencies that make them especially vulnerable to Covid-19, and all have tried to get the same thing: a new treatment that can prevent the disease in people who either cannot produce antibodies after receiving a coronavirus vaccine or cannot get vaccinated at all. Ms. Cooley, a liver transplant recipient in Duck Hill, Mississippi, got the antibody drug, called Evusheld, from her transplant team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with no trouble. But Ms. Taylor, of Cincinnati, was denied the treatment by two hosp
  11. News Article
    Antipsychotics have been frequently and increasingly prescribed for extended periods to people with recorded personality disorder but no history of severe mental illness, a study looking at UK general practice data has found. Researchers from University College London looked at 46 210 people who had had personality disorder recorded in their GP record between January 2000 and 31 December 2016. Of these, 15 562 (34%) had been prescribed antipsychotics. The study, published in BMJ Open, also found that 36 875 people with a record of personality disorder had no record of severe mental i
  12. News Article
    RaDonda Vaught's conviction for a fatal medical error has already damaged patient safety and should serve as a wake-up call for health system leaders to improve harm prevention efforts, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has said. Ms. Vaught was convicted 25 March of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult for a fatal medication error she made in December 2017 while working as a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. "We know from decades of work in hospitals and other care settings that most medical errors result from flawed sys
  13. Content Article
    The guidance supports doctors to be able to prescribe safely for their patients, whatever the setting. It sets out the GMC standards for good practice when prescribing face to-face or remotely, when prescribing unlicensed medicines and for when patient care is shared with another doctor Key updates include: new advice for doctors to stop prescribing controlled drugs without access to patient records, except in emergencies. stronger advice on information sharing, making it clear that if a patient refuses consent to share information with other health professionals it may be un
  14. Content Article
    1 WHO: World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place from 18-24 November every year. On this webpage, the World Health Organization (WHO) explains what antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is, and provides resources to help spread awareness of AMR. 2 My involvement with Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Scheme (CwPAMS) in Zambia In this blog, Fiona Rees, who worked in the NHS as a hospital pharmacist for 13 years, shares her experience of working with colleagues in Zambia to improve the use of antimicrobials by usin
  15. News Article
    Omnicell UK & Ireland, a leading provider of automated healthcare and medication adherence solutions, hosted a health summit on the eve of World Patient Safety Day, to discuss the impact of medication errors on patients and the NHS. The session focussed on the role technology can play in preventing such issues. The summit, this year held via webinar, comes off the backdrop of the Department of Health and Social Care disclosing that in England 237 million mistakes occur every year at some point in the medication process. These errors cause serious issues for patient safety, but also p
  16. News Article
    Following four deaths and more than 300 incidents with steroid replacement therapy involving patients with adrenal insufficiency in the past two years, patients at risk of adrenal crisis will be issued with a steroid emergency card. All adults with primary adrenal insufficiency (AI) will be issued an NHS steroid emergency card to support early recognition and treatment of adrenal crisis, a National Patient Safety Alert has said. The cards will be issued by prescribers — including community pharmacists — from 18 August 2020. AI is an endocrine disorder, such as Addison’s disease,
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