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Medication Safety Watch – Issue 14, May 2015

28 May 2015, Medication Safety

Issue 14 of the Medication Safety Watch newsletter, a bulletin for all health professionals and health care managers working with medicines or patient safety.

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.

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.

Metoprolol oral administration - draft alert

14 Apr 2014, Medication Safety

The Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group is developing a full alert following release of a safety signal issued in October 2012 on oral metoprolol administration.

Patient safety key to health systems

20 Jan 2012, Medication Safety

Professor Alan Merry, Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, writes how increasing the involvement of pharmacists in managing patients' medications is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve medication safety.

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.

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.