Public Sector Event

Reducing Medication Errors

Venue: Colmore Gate Conference Centre
5th Floor Colmore Gate
Bull Street Entrance
B3 2QD

Date: 19 Mar 2014

Synopsis: This conference will focus on reducing medication errors and improving patient care with a focus on a zero tolerance approach. The day will begin with national developments in reducing medication errors, and harm from medication errors including the implementation of the national medication safety thermometer and the importance of patient involvement in reducing medication errors.

“Reducing serious harms from medication incidents as one of the key improvement areas in the NHS Outcomes Framework” Catherine Rosario, Medication Safety Officer. Safe Medication Practice and. Medical Devices NHS England “We are developing a suite of next generation NHS Safety Thermometers for use by specific services or to consider specific issues. The Safety Thermometers we are in the process of developing or planning, include … medication safety. Each and every one of these initiatives, both individually and combined, will have a dramatic effect on patient safety in England and will drive up quality and performance across the NHS.” Dr Mike Durkin, National Director for Patient Safety, NHS England, November 2013 “ Incidents involving medication, such as prescribing errors and failures to review medication after discharge, were the fourth most commonly reported to the National Patient Safety Agency.” Care Quality Commission A focus area of the conference is on developing a zero tolerance approach to medication errors - a strategy that has worked effectively for reducing infection rates, and pressure ulcer rates across the NHS. This area of the programme will look at zero tolerance prescribing, learning from medication error near misses and collaborating to improve the quality of junior doctor prescribing. The conference will continue with case study based sessions on areas including high risk drugs, competence and safety in administration, omitted and delayed doses, medicines optimisation and reducing errors in primary and community care, and the role of electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems in reducing medication errors. A final interactive session will provide a step by step guide to root cause analysis and learning from a medication safety incident.


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