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Every year over 300,000 patients in England acquire a healthcare associated infection whilstin hospital. These infections cost the NHS more than £1 billion a year
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Medication is one of the most common type of treatment for patients, treating symptoms of disease and also treating the disease itself.
The most common type of incident and the most common near miss event in Healthcare is medication error.
Thankfully many of these errors cause no lasting patient harm but also many go unreported.
Huge work has been done in encouraging medication error reporting but in reality, we need to improve medication management to reduce the risk of errors and the risk of patient harm.
Medicines Management is a system of processes and behaviours that determines the way that medicines are prescribed, administered and used in all areas of healthcare.
✔ Storage of medication
✔ Transport of medication
✔ Prescribing of medication
✔ Preparation of medication
✔ Administration of medication
✔ Medication Reconciliation
✔ Management of controlled drugs
✔ Management of Alert Medication
It's estimated that up to £150 million worth of medicines are wasted unnecessarily every year within the NHS alone.
Medication reconciliation reduces wastage and improves safety for patients ensuring continuation of long term medication, reviewing any medication interactions and ensuring a double check that prescriptions written on admission meet the patient’s requirements.
Medication Reconciliation involves collecting a full and accurate list of the patient’s medication on admission and then comparing that to their current prescription – An up to date hospital prescription is then prepared based on a Clinical Assessment and ensuring any discrepancies are quickly resolved.
There are 2 stages to this process
Stage 1 - Basic reconciliation involves the collection and accurate identification of the medicines the patient was taking prior to admission i.e. taking a medication history
Stage 2 - Full reconciliation compares the information taken in stage one with the list of medicines prescribed on the drug chart, identifies any discrepancies, resolves them and then records the outcome.
Certain medication is associated with an increased risk of harm to a patient if they are given in the wrong dose or used in error. These are referred to as Alert Medications or high alert medication.
Although mistakes may or may not be more common with these drugs, the consequences of an error are clearly more devastating to patients.
High Alert Medications Include:-
✔ Potassium Chloride Solutions
Storage of these medications and specific detailed processes around the prescribing, dispensing and administration of Alert medication is essential to reduce risk of errors and prevent patient harm.
Using Medical Audits TS+ medication management audit system you can
✔Audit management of high alert medication,
✔Audit the storage and dispensing of high alert medication
✔Observe the administration of medication
✔Monitor practice in the clinical area
✔and ensure interventions are put in place to reduce risks to patients