Reports of patient safety incidents relating to medication can help inform the action required by the NHS to improve safety for patients.
The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) regularly reviews the incidents reported from the NHS in England and Wales. The NRLS has published two reports that set out the analysis of these reports and aim to help ensure that medicines are used safely and prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Safety in Doses: improving the use of medicines in the NHS has been published in 2007 and in 2009. The reports identify risks and areas for action.
Safety in Doses, published September 2009 - analysis of 72,482 medication incidents reported to the NRLS by frontline NHS staff in acute, mental health and primary care sectors between January and December 2007.
On Wednesday 22 October, the NPSA hosted a webinar to present the most recent Safety in doses report, to open up a forum for discussion and encourage feedback to the NPSA.
Presenter: Prof. David Cousins, Head of Safe Medication Practice and Medical Devices.
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes. File size: 37.23MB