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Safety in doses

Safety in doses: improving the use of medicines in the NHS
Reference number
0469/1007
Issue date03 September 2009
TypeData report

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.

  • Safety in Doses, published April 2007 - analysis of almost 60,000 incidents reported between January 2005 and June 2006.

 

Webinar

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

Safety in doses: improving the use of medicines in the NHS (published 2007)
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