New community medication chart makes prescriptions clearer

6 Jan 2020 | Medication Safety

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Hutt Valley DHB and Nelson Marlborough DHB, with support from the Health Quality & Safety Commission have produced a new medication chart for use by district nursing in the community.

Modeled on the national inpatient medication chart, the community medication chart provides:

  • one chart per medicine
  • spaces for 156 medicine administrations
  • a section for intravenous and subcutaneous fluids and additives
  • allergies and adverse reactions section
  • specimen signatures/initials section to aid identification of prescribers and administrators
  • structured letter format for clarity of the hand-written medicine name.

Associate clinical nurse manager in community health at Hutt Valley DHB, Maree Southward, says they used to use a separate medication prescription sheet and administration signing sheet which was not best practice.

‘This new chart is much clearer, and we now meet certification requirements. Legibility has improved - and prescriptions are so much clearer now.

'With the many administration signing spaces for long-term treatment GPs only need to provide a new prescription every three months now.'

The chart is printed to order. Please place orders directly with the printer.

 

Supplier

Spectrum Print, PO Box 2566 Christchurch 8140. 

orders@spectrumprint.co.nz

Product            

Community Medication Chart (A3 to A4) offset

With drilled holes

 

For further information please contact info@hqsc.govt.nz

Last updated 07/01/2020