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Introduction of a standardised medication chart

NEWS: 17 Jan 2011, Medication Safety

Beth Loe, National Co-ordinator on the District Health Boards New Zealand Safe and Quality Use of Medicines Group, is co-ordinating the design of a standardised medication chart for adult medication and surgical inpatients to be introduced nationally.

Gillian Bohm on the health quality and safety 'journey'

NEWS: 25 Jan 2011, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The recent establishment of the Health Quality & Safety Commission is the latest step on the journey to ensure New Zealanders get the best possible healthcare. Principal Advisor Quality Improvement Gillian Bohm has been there from the start.

Support grows for electronic prescribing

NEWS: 23 Mar 2011, Medication Safety

There is growing pressure to introduce electronic prescribing in hospitals throughout the country after last year's successful pilot scheme at Dunedin Hospital, clinical leader Dr Andrew Bowers says.

Universal list of medicines released

NEWS: 26 Jul 2011, Medication Safety

The New Zealand Universal List of Medicines, designed to prevent potentially harmful confusion about medicines has been given its general release, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said today.

Surgery
Making New Zealand Hospitals Safer

NEWS: 17 Nov 2010, Adverse Events

The Commission has released the 2009/2010 report of serious and sentinel events across the country’s District Health Boards (DHBs).

ALERT 14: Oral Methotrexate - once weekly dosing

PUBLICATION: 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.