Left Menu
Development News Edition

NHS new system monitors will prevent medication errors

The launch of the new system follows research which highlighted the impact of medication errors, with an estimated 237 million taking place every year.

Government Press Release | Updated: 10-05-2018 19:57 IST | Created: 10-05-2018 19:53 IST
NHS new system monitors will prevent medication errors
Medication errors can range from delivering a prescription late to a patient being given the wrong medication. (Image Credit: JBLEAF)

A groundbreaking system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors has been launched.

As part of the Health and Social Care Secretary's plan to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, the NHS will introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital.

The indicators will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. This will allow the NHS to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from happening.

The first indicators will focus on how different medicines may be contributing to people being admitted to hospital with gastrointestinal bleeding. The programme will cover more medicines and associated conditions later in the year.

The launch of the new system follows research which highlighted the impact of medication errors, with an estimated 237 million taking place every year.

Medication errors can range from delivering a prescription late to a patient being given the wrong medication. Errors can happen at any point at which a patient comes into contact with a drug, including:

  • prescribing
  • dispensing
  • administering
  • monitoring

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said, "Today marks a vital step on our journey towards making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. While our own research has shown us the shocking toll medication errors take on our health service and its patients, the NHS itself needs a consistent way to measure medication errors. This groundbreaking initiative will help give us the data we need to stamp out these costly errors."

The indicators will work alongside other measures designed to reduce medication errors and encourage openness and transparency, such as new defenses for pharmacists if they make accidental dispensing errors. Plans also include accelerating the introduction of electronic prescribing systems across more NHS hospitals this year.

Through this innovative programme of work, the NHS is leading the way in responding to a global issue which the World Health Organisation has described as "a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems across the world".


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

China: A savior for emerging markets or a poison pill?

... ...

Future of Urban Planning: Artificial Intelligence guiding the way

Advances in emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help us understand our cities better and derive useful insights from real-time data collected through automated models....

Videos

Latest News

Trump opens Florida office to push his former administration's agenda

Donald Trump opened an office in Florida on Monday that will handle his duties as a former U.S. president and seek to further his administrations agenda. The Office will be responsible for managing President Trumps correspondence, public st...

Former paramilitary boss deported to Colombia from United States

A former paramilitary boss accused of crimes including rape, torture and murder arrived in Colombia on Monday after the United States deported him, the Andean countrys migration authorities said. Hernan Giraldo, 72, was extradited to the Un...

California eases lockdowns as U.S. COVID-19 crisis ebbs

California eased strict COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on Monday, allowing restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining and greater social mixing, as public health authorities reported slower infection rates and hospitalizations. The announcement...

Biden dials German Chancellor Merkel, seeks to revitalise transatlantic alliance

US President Joe Biden on Monday spoke over the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, expressing his intention to revitalise the transatlantic alliance, the White House said.The leaders agreed to work together on common foreign policy...

Give Feedback