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Med Safety Pamphlets 2
New medication safety pamphlets

29 Oct 2011, Medication Safety

These support the Commission’s Medication Safety programme by raising awareness of the importance of medicine reconciliation and the process involved in reconciling a patient’s medicines.

National Medication Chart - Change Register

26 Aug 2011, Medication Safety

The change register is a facility for DHBs to provide feedback about the design of the national medication chart (NMC) so that future versions of the NMC reflect clinical practice and requirements including safety features.

Establishment of new Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group

19 Aug 2011, Medication Safety

The Health Quality & Safety Commission, in collaboration with the National Health Board, is calling for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the newly established Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group

Universal list of medicines released

26 Jul 2011, Medication Safety

The New Zealand Universal List of Medicines, designed to prevent potentially harmful confusion about medicines has been given its general release, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today.

Patient safety key to health systems

12 Apr 2011, Medication Safety

Professor Alan Merry, Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, writes how increasing the involvement of pharmacists in managing patients' medications is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve medication safety.

Support grows for electronic prescribing

23 Mar 2011, Medication Safety

There is growing pressure to introduce electronic prescribing in hospitals throughout the country after last year's successful pilot scheme at Dunedin Hospital, clinical leader Dr Andrew Bowers says.

Safe Medication Management programme transition

14 Mar 2011, Medication Safety

From 4 March, the Health Quality & Safety Commission took over responsibility for the Safe Medication Management (SMM) programme, previously managed by Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB) as one of the national quality improvement initiatives.

How to use an article about quality improvement

30 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Quality improvement attempts to change clinician behaviour and, through these changes, lead to improved patient outcomes. The methodological quality of studies evaluating the effectiveness of quality improvement interventions is frequently low.

Introduction of a standardised medication chart

17 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Beth Loe, National Co-ordinator on the District Health Boards New Zealand Safe and Quality Use of Medicines Group, is co-ordinating the design of a standardised medication chart for adult medication and surgical inpatients to be introduced nationally.