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The Commission is planning a three-year medication safety improvement programme on high-risk medicines across primary and secondary care settings, with an initial focus on reducing harm from opioids (eg, morphine and oxycodone) in secondary care.
The June 2014 edition of Medication Safety Watch is now available online.
The Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group is developing a full alert to supplement the safety signal issued in October 2012 on oral metoprolol administration.
In this news clip from Radio New Zealand, Karen Brown explores the introduction of electronic medicine reconciliation at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.
The February 2014 edition of Medication Safety Watch is now available online.
This review from the Annals of Internal Medicine discusses the use of medication reconciliation as a patient safety tool to reduce the risk of medication errors when patient transfers occur in hospital.
The Commission has issued an alert giving advice on the management of transdermal patches.
A new day stay national medication chart is available to order from 16 December 2013. The day stay chart is intended for use in areas where patients are undergoing treatment or procedures when the length of stay is likely to be less than six hours.
The New Zealand Tall Man lettering list is now available. The NZ list includes look-alike, sound-alike medicine names that have been predicted to pose the greatest risk to patient safety.
The Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members.