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Reducing Medication Errors

Wednesday 1 July 2015
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Reducing Medication Errors

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“it’s a learning curve for everybody to ensure patients are receiving harm free care” Ahmed Ameer Medication Safety Officer NHS England January 2015

“Progress has been made over the last decade to detect, report and learn from patient safety incidents, but further improvements are needed to increase the number of incident reports, improve data quality and maximise what is learned from medication errors….Medication errors are any patient safety incidents where there has been an error in the process of prescribing, preparing, dispensing, administering, monitoring or providing advice on medicines. These Patient Safety Incidents can be divided into two categories; errors of commission or errors of omission. The former include, for example, wrong medicine or wrong dose. The latter include, for example, omitted dose or a failure to monitor, such as international normalised ratio for anticoagulant therapy.” Patient Safety Alert, MHRA and NHS England March 2014

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 from NHS England including the effective implementation of the National Patient Safety Alert on improving medication error incident reporting and learning released in 2014, and the developing role of the Medication Safety Officer. The day will continue to look at reducing harm through medication errors using the national medication safety thermometer and the importance of involving patients in reducing medication errors.

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, how to set the benchmark at zero, improving the quality if junior doctor prescribing and developing and assessing competence and safety in medicines administration on the wards.

The conference will continue with case study based sessions on areas including improving incident reporting and learning from incidents, reducing harm from missed doses, omitted and delayed medicines, and focusing on high risk drugs. A final interactive session will provide a step by step guide to incident investigation and root cause analysis of medication safety incidents. 

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

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