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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.

ALERT: Transdermal patches

6 Jul 2017, Medication Safety

Purpose: To highlight the risks associated with the use of transdermal patches (both from the medicine and the delivery system).

Medication Safety Poll

28 Jul 2016, Medication Safety

To highlight the risks involved in using abbreviations in prescriptions, the Commission ran a poll asking readers what they thought the dose was in the prescription below.

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Medication Safety Watch – Issue 17, April 2016

12 Apr 2016, Medication Safety

Issue 17 of the Medication Safety Watch newsletter, a bulletin for all health professionals and health care managers working with medicines or patient safety.