The national Open for better care campaign shifts its focus to medication safety today as part of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s (HQSC) drive to reduce harm from high-risk medicines. A key programme area for the HQSC, the campaign’s focus on medication safety will run from today right through until the end of March 2015.
Involving patients and families as well as clinicians in primary, community and secondary care, the campaign aims to raise the awareness of the risk associated with these high-risk medications and promote ways to reduce the associated patient harm.
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) patient safety and quality manager Lucy Dunlop says the group of medicines that cause the most harm and suffering to patients if errors occur are known as high-risk medicines.
“Medication errors and unfavourable drug reactions are a leading cause of patient harm in healthcare settings,” Mrs Dunlop says. “And given up to 60 percent of all adverse drug events are thought to be preventable, Whanganui DHB welcomes the increased focus and awareness the campaign brings.”