Improving Safety in Medicines Management

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Achieving accuracy in medicines administration - the right drug, the right dose, the right mode of administration and the right patient - is an obvious patient safety standard. This award seeks to recognise organisations that have reduced the number of drug errors or eliminate them - from the minor to those with serious and even fatal consequences. This category invites examples of initiatives designed to improve safety in the administration of medicines. It could include a specific innovation such as a new labelling, storage or packaging procedure or a wider cultural initiative encouraging maximum reporting of drug errors.

Specific entry criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The quality and originality of the idea;
  • The results - clear and measurable outcomes;
  • Compliance - how widespread was take-up of the initiative and what was done to ensure consistency across the organisation;
  • Dissemination - how was the learning spread across the organisation and beyond.

Patient Safety & Care News

Alder Hey Children's Hospital has claimed it may lose a £4m donation after a damning report by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) placed the hospital in a "potentially high risk" category over standards including patient safety.

Patient Safety & Care News

NHS reforms signal to end of staff 'gagging clauses'

So-called "gagging clauses" are to be removed from contracts when a member of staff leaves the NHS.

Health minister Alex Neil said a new standard settlement agreement will be drafted which does not include confidentiality clauses.

Patient Safety & Care News

Stethoscopes 'more contaminated' than doctors' hands

Doctors should disinfect their stethoscopes after every examination because the instruments are heavily contaminated by bacteria, a study says.

Stethoscopes were found to carry as many bacteria as the palms of doctors' hands, and only doctors' fingertips were 'dirtier'.

Patient Safety & Care News

Piggy Lane, Bicester care home safety criticised in report

Staffing levels at a care home in Oxfordshire could affect patient safety, an inspection has found.

The Piggy Lane unit for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Bicester was also criticised by the Care quality Commission (CQC) for its assessment of patients.

Patient Safety & Care News

Patients 'are safer with better-educated nurses'

A Europe-wide study suggests that nurse education and patient to nursing staff ratios may impact on patient outcomes.