Quality of care report 2012/13

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Medication Safety


Neeva Maskey, Clinical Ward Pharmacist

The hospital focus on the National Standards has increased staff awareness about the need to record all medication incidents including those that are ‘near misses’. It is likely that this is a major reason for the increase in the total number of medication incidents increasing this year by 114, to total 283.

Medication storage areas have been changed to include what is known as Tall Man lettering. This is a system where particular parts of the word naming the medication are written in capital letters, emphasising the difference between medications with similar names and alerting staff to select the correct drug.

For example, cefOTAXIME, cefOXITIN, cefTAZIDIME.


Medication incidents by month