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.
The change register is located at http://nmc.hqsc.org.nz/
The National Medication Chart (NMC) is being progressively introduced to New Zealand District Health Boards throughout 2011. The Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) require feedback about the design of the NMC so that future versions of the NMC reflect clinical practice and requirements including safety features. Changes to the NMC are to be agreed nationally on the premise that standardisation of practice is desirable where possible and can reduce the risk of errors.
The NMC is based on the national medication charting standards and was developed through a robust process involving extensive consultation. However, it is expected that clinicians using the NMC will have suggestions for improvements driven by clinical practice. Feedback about the design might include issues such as lack of space to complete some sections, issues with the design or layout, or suggestions for new features.
Help files are available to guide submitters (designated representatives of submitting organisations) through the process of submitting requests for changes (change requests) to the NMC. These requests will be sent to the NMC project team at HQSC who will review them biannually and the multidisciplinary design committee will take them into consideration when reviewing the design of the NMC.
Change requests are to be submitted electronically via the online change register located at http://nmc.hqsc.org.nz. The register will ensure all change requests are monitored, reviewed and responded to.