The nuts and bolts of pills and potions: the functions of a drug safety working group

Nath, Noleen S., Jones, Ellen H., Stride, Peter, Premaratne, Manuja, Thaker, Darshit and Lim, Ivan (2011) The nuts and bolts of pills and potions: the functions of a drug safety working group. Australian Health Review, 35 4: 395-398. doi:10.1071/AH09863

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Author Nath, Noleen S.
Jones, Ellen H.
Stride, Peter
Premaratne, Manuja
Thaker, Darshit
Lim, Ivan
Title The nuts and bolts of pills and potions: the functions of a drug safety working group
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2011-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH09863
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 395
End page 398
Total pages 4
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Hospitalised patients commonly experience adverse drug events (ADEs) and medication errors. Runciman reported that ADEs in hospitals account for 20% of reported adverse events and contribute to 27% of deaths where death followed an adverse event. Hughes recommends multidisciplinary hospital drug committees to assess performance and raise standards. The new Code of Conduct of the Medical Board of Australia recommends participation in systems for surveillance and monitoring of adverse events, and to improve patient safety.Wedescribe the functions and role of a Drug Safety Working Group (DSWG) in a suburban hospital, which aims to audit and promote a culture of prescribing and medication administration that is prudent and cautious to minimise the risk of harm to patients. We believe that regular prescription monitoring and feedback to Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) improves medication management in our hospital.
Keyword Medication Errors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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