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Type: Journal article
Title: Towards safer drug prescribing, dispensing and administration in hospitals
Author: Thornton, P.
Simon, S.
Mathew, T.
Citation: Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice, 1999; 19(1):41-45
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 1320-5455
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PD Thornton, S Simon, TH Mathew
Abstract: A multidisciplinary workshop was held in order to identify strategies likely to produce a reduction in adverse drug events, by targeting hospital systems involved in drug prescribing, dispensing and administration. Strategies identified at the workshop included: (i) improving the education and practice development of medical and nursing staff, concerning drug therapy and safe prescribing principles; (ii) introducing and using information technology and electronic prescribing processes; (iii) implementing the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC) national guidelines to achieve the continuum of quality use of medicines between hospitals and the community; (iv) enhancing the importance of medication history taking as a routine part of the admission process; (v) instituting individual patient supply as the standard method of drug distribution in hospitals; and (vi) stimulating the hospital-based clinical pharmacy workforce.
Keywords: Adverse drug events; medication errors; quality use of medications
Rights: Copyright of Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice is the property of Wiley-Blackwell
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1762.1999.00290.x
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