Patient Safety: Embracing technology in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment to reduce medication errors.
In England 237 million mistakes occur at some point in the medication process. By embracing technology that already exists, we may actually hold the key to being able to significantly reduce this figure.
Join Andrea Jenkyns MP, pharmacy and nursing thought leaders and patient safety representatives for an interactive discussion on embracing technology to reduce medication errors. The timing of this event is particularly significant as World Patient Safety Day takes place the
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There are currently 237 million medication errors every year. While the safety risks are small in most of these cases, for some patients there are serious risks because of errors in prescribing, dispensing or monitoring medications. NHS Digital’s newly published medications guidance aims to change this, by making sure that information about medicines can be shared digitally between systems in different care settings. This podcast talks about the real benefits this will bring, and how it will impact both clinicians and patients.
This issue (episode 2) focuses on:
the most common safety issues associated with measuring patient weight
steps to eliminate drug concentration confusion
understanding Patient Care Analgesia (PCA) by proxy.
Five root causes for accidental sharing of pens were identified:
knowledge gaps and practice variation
insulin storage and removal process
information technology issues including those related to barcode medication administration and the electronic health record
insulin administration workflow.
Four major interventions to address the root causes were developed and tested:
patient-specific bar coding on insulin pens
redesign of labels
systematic removal of discharged patients’ medications
ongoing staff education.