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Medication Safety Poll

PUBLICATION: 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.

West Coast DHB Director of Nursing Karyn Bousfield, Open for Leadership Award winner Jessie Gibbens, Health Quality and Safety Commission Chief Executive Dr Janice Wilson
Commitment to patients sees rural nurse win award

NEWS: 21 Jun 2017, Building Leadership & Capability

The latest recipient of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Open for leadership award is West Coast District Health Board district nurse Jessie Gibbens.

Fewer babies dying in their sleep

NEWS: 4 Dec 2015, Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee

Figures just released from the Health Quality Safety Commission for 2014 show 40 babies died in 2014 from SUDI or sudden, unexpected death in infancy. On average, there were 47 deaths per year in the five years to 2014.

Safety Signal ADR
New Safety Signal released

NEWS: 2 Oct 2015, Medication Safety

The latest Safety Signal discussed the risk of serious adverse drug reactions.

Safety Signal: Risk of serious adverse drug reactions

PUBLICATION: 30 Sep 2015, Medication Safety

This document highlights the need for all health professionals to take note of a patient’s previous adverse drug reactions (including allergies) before prescribing, dispensing or administering medicines.

Medical ID bracelet incident timely med safety reminder

NEWS: 14 Sep 2015, Medication Safety

A recent case of a patient prescribed trimethoprim despite a MedicAlert® bracelet warning is a timely reminder of the importance of checking for previous allergies and adverse drug reaction