The theme for this year’s Patient Safety Week, 5 to 11 November, will be medication safety.
This topic has been chosen for several reasons:
- the World Health Organization’s patient safety challenge features medication safety
- in the in-patient patient experience survey, the question “Did a member of staff tell you about medication side effects to watch for when you went home?” consistently gets one of the lowest scores from consumers
- there are a large number of medication errors. Adverse events related to high-risk medicines in particular can be extremely serious.
More information on the theme, including resources, will be announced in the coming months.