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Monitoring & Reducing Medication Errors in Hospitals National Conference 2019

Monday 1 April 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Monitoring & Reducing Medication Errors in Hospitals National Conference 2019
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“The World Health Organisation has challenged the global health community to reduce avoidable medication-associated harm by 50% over the next 5 years 18 . Research commissioned by the former Secretary of State indicated that 22,000 people annually may be dying as a consequence of medication errors, with in excess of 60 million harmful medication errors per year19. Consequently, the Secretary of State has established a medication safety programme being led by the NHS Patient Safety Director. Local coordination of medication safety priorities is required and will be enabled by the local leadership developed through the Integrating NHS Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation programme.” NHS England 2018

“A study has revealed an estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year, and avoidable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) cause hundreds of deaths….Of the total estimated 237 million medication errors that occur, the researchers found that almost three in four are unlikely to result in harm to patients, but there is very little information on the harm that actually happens due to medication errors.” University of York 2018

“We are seeing 4 to 5 deaths every single day because of errors in prescription or dispensing or the monitoring of medications” Former 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… Everyone, including patients and health care professionals, has a role to play in ensuring medication safety.” Medication without Harm, World Health Organisation

“Medication errors occur when weak medication systems and/or human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions or staff shortages affect prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring practices, which can then result in severe harm, disability and even death.” Medication without Harm, World Health Organisation

This conference focuses on reducing medication errors and resulting  harm in hospitals in line with the WHO Medication without Harm programme goal to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over the next five years. The conference aims to bring together clinicians, managers , medication safety officers and leads to understand current national developments, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in improving and monitoring medication safety, and reducing medication errors and harm in hospitals. Following National Update sessions, the day will focus on effective reporting of medication incidents, monitoring medication errors and harm, managing a medication incident investigation and ensuring change occurs, supporting staff, reducing medication errors in practice and developing a medication error reduction programme.

Afternoon sessions focus on learning from outstanding practice in the reduction of medication errors in current high risk areas including case studies of reducing medication errors related to insulin, anticoagulants, adverse drug reactions and allergies,  frail older people and on improving safety on discharge.

Benefits of attending. This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to reduce medication errors
  • Understand how you can effectively monitor medication error and harm using metrics and indicators
  • 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
  • Reflect on case studies of reducing medication error in high risk areas including insulin, anticoagulants, adverse drug reactions and allergies,  frail older people and discharge medication
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

 

Plus: Attend the pre-conference supplier showcase to hear about the latest prodcuts and services available.

 

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