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Reducing Medication Errors in Hospitals National Summit 2018

Friday 14 September 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

“We are seeing 4 to 5 deaths every single day because of errors in prescription or dispensing or the monitoring of medications” Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaking to BBC, Friday 23rd March 2018

“Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world.” Medication without Harm, World Health Organisation 2017

A recent study by university academics in Manchester, Sheffield and York and published by the Department of Health in February 2018 identified more than 230 million medication errors a year that took place in the NHS. On average, 712 deaths a year were definitively linked to adverse drug reactions being the main cause of death. The number of deaths where medication errors played a part ranged from anything between 1,700 to 22,303. The Medication errors: Short Life Working Group report makes recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety. Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health said; “This new study shows medication error in the NHS and globally is a far bigger problem than generally recognised, causing appalling levels of harm and death that are totally preventable.”

“Medication has a huge potential to do good, but errors can occur at many points in the medication cycle – prescribing, dispensing, administering, monitoring and use. Such errors can include errors of omission and commission.” The Medication errors: Short Life Working Group report February 2018

This timely Summit which takes place during the WHO 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm aims to bring together clinicians, managers and medication safety officers and leads to understand current national developments, and to debate and discuss key issues they are facing in improving medication safety and reducing medication errors in hospitals. Following International and National Update sessions, the conference will focus on effective reporting of medication incidents, managing a medication incident investigation and ensuring change occurs, supporting staff, reducing medication errors in practice, developing a medication error reduction programme, using medication safety huddles, learning from patients and focusing on high risk drugs. There will also be focus on reducing medication errors through electronic prescribing.

100% of delegates at our last conference on Reducing Medication Errors would recommend the conference to a colleague.

Benefits of attending. This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce medication errors
  • Discuss the new national measures to reduce Medication Errors
  • Understand how you can play a part in the WHO 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm
  • Improve your skills in the reporting, investigation and learning from medication errors
  • Effectively manage a medication incident and ensure change occurs
  • Proactively reduce medication errors before they occur
  • Understand how to work with staff to reduce prescribing errors and improve prescribing competence
  • Explore how electronic prescribing systems can reduce medication errors
  • Developing your skills in root cause analysis and investigation of incidents
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
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