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ALERT 14: Oral Methotrexate - once weekly dosing

29 Dec 2011, Medication Safety

This alert highlights that patient harm and death have occurred when the weekly dosing schedule of methotrexate is inadvertently prescribed, dispensed or administered as an incorrect daily dose.

National medication chart workshop

31 Oct 2011, Medication Safety

This workshop brought DHBs together to review implementation progress and lessons learned, and plan for future developments of the chart.

Medicine reconciliation workshop

31 Oct 2011, Medication Safety

This workshop reviewed progress to date and looked at tools and approaches for spreading medicine reconciliation to more patients, more services and expanding from admission to other transition points, ie, transfer and discharge.

ALERT 12: Heparin

1 Sep 2011, Medication Safety

Purpose: To highlight the risks for patients on heparin and to promote safer practice.

ALERT 11: Dabigatran

1 Jul 2011, Medication Safety

Purpose: To highlight the risks associated with the use of dabigatran

Safe & Quality Use of Medicines Group

1 Jul 2011, Medication Safety

Historical information from the Safe & Quality Use of Medicines Group, now superseded by the Medication Safety Programme

ALERT 10: Humalog insulin

1 Apr 2010, Medication Safety

Purpose: To highlight the risk of errors caused by the confusion that can occur during the prescribing, dispensing and administration of certain insulin products.

ALERT 9: Intravenous infusion practice

1 Dec 2009, Medication Safety

Purpose: To highlight a number of strategies that should be implemented to minimise the clinical risk associated with the preparation and administration on intravenous (IV) medicines.