Friday, 30 April 2010

Improving patient medication safety in Australia

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has launched, with the participation of 28 hospitals across Australia, a program to improve the safety of patients receiving medicines in hospitals.

Under the program, the participating hospitals will introduce standardised procedures to collect and check information about each patient's medicines much more rigorously and accurately, starting from when the patient is first admitted to hospital and continuing through each stage of the patient's hospital treatment when medicines may change. The procedures are also designed to make sure that when the patient is finally discharged, they and their doctor will also get an accurate and comprehensive list of the medicines they may need to take once they are back in the community.

Medication charts and other resources are available from the website.

Press release

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