Safety Signal ADR

New Safety Signal released

2 Oct 2015 | Medication Safety

Recent Health and Disability Commissioner reports about cases in which patients have died or been seriously harmed have highlighted the need for all health professionals to take note of a patient’s previous adverse drug reactions (including allergies) before prescribing, dispensing or administering medicines.

These cases are not isolated and illustrate failings in the current system relating to documenting, reviewing and responding to a patient’s adverse reaction history.

The Commission has released a safety signal that identifies a number of ways to reduce the risk of serious adverse drug reactions, including:

  • Always check and review a patient’s known adverse drug reactions (including allergies) before prescribing, dispensing or administering a medicine – this is a critical first step.
  • Seek adverse drug reaction information from:
    • the patient, family/whānau and carers (ask for details)
    • clinical records
    • national medical warning system
    • MedicAlert®.

 

Last updated 28/02/2017