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The June 2014 edition of Medication Safety Watch is now available online.
The latest update from the Medication Safety work programme.
The New Zelaand Electronic Prescription Service is being implemented in some pharmacies in 2013.
This is a brief update on the medication safety measurement and evaluation process, being conducted in collaboration with Sapere Research Group.
The national medication chart has been reviewed and design changes made with the aim of balancing the needs of all clinicians and patient populations. Posters showing these changes are being sent out on Friday 31 August.
Around 130 key stakeholders and health professionals gathered in Wellington on 19 July to celebrate the launch of the New Zealand Formulary with the Hon. Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health.
The results of June's medication safety poll show nearly half of the participants were unable to read the dose correctly.
The revised charts, incorporating feedback from DHBs, paediatric consultation and the pilot of the long stay chart, will be available this month.
The error prone abbreviations poster has been revised to highlight abbreviations, symbols and dose designations which have been reported internationally as being frequently misinterpreted and involved in harmful medication errors.
Mr Venter, who is a registered pharmacist, will lead the introduction of electronic medicines management within New Zealand hospitals.