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Quality improvement toolkit

9 Apr 2019, Medication Safety

Techniques for reviewing an event and implementing change and improvements.

#O2TheFix toolkit

27 Mar 2019, Medication Safety

Tools developed by Waitematā DHB to encourage the safer prescribing and the best practice use of oxygen therapy, to reduce harm to patients.

Just and fair culture

14 Mar 2019, Medication Safety

This training video illustrates the principles of a just and fair culture; in a just culture, people feel safe and secure to speak up when an error occurs.

Safety Signal: Changes to the labelling of Bicillin LA®

13 Mar 2019, Medication Safety

Following international practice, the name and strength description for Bicillin LA® has been changed. The expression of the name will now be benzathine benzylpenicillin tetrahydrate. The expression of product strength will now be 1,200,000 units/2.3 mL.

Opioid implementation package

31 Aug 2018, Medication Safety

This package outlines the next steps and what the options are to make a significant difference in opioid-induced adverse drug events.

Whanganui Hospital's antibiotic switch campaign

9 May 2018, Medication Safety

Whanganui Hospital is undertaking an antibiotic ‘switch’ campaign. One approach to antibiotic stewardship is the early conversion from intravenous (IV) to oral antibiotics, when this is appropriate. This is known as antibiotic switch therapy.

Analgesic use for chronic pain

27 Apr 2018, Medication Safety

Chronic pain should be carefully evaluated to decide which analgesic (pain reliever) is appropriate.

Medication safety: Wally's story from Northland DHB

9 Jan 2018, Medication Safety

Wally had a severe reaction to a medication he was prescribed and administered despite documented warnings in place. He shares his story with Northland DHB to highlight the system errors and help prevent others from going through a similar experience.

Take and Tell (patient safety video)

9 Nov 2017, Medication Safety

The video supports a campaign being promoted by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) in Sweden to advance the science of pharmacovigilance and inspire patient safety initiatives all over the world.