DOH Request – Medicines Security AuditMon, 13 Feb 2012 10:10:09
The Department of Health is asking all NHS acute hospitals to submit results of recent audits of their compliance with published standards for the safe and secure handling of medicines. This is in response to recent concerns about the handling of medicines in hospitals, and to support patient safety.
The results of the audits, together with any remedial action plans, should be returned to the Care Quality Commission by 31st March 2012.
New Scientist – Designs For Eradicating Medical MistakesMon, 06 Feb 2012 10:18:28
A few years ago, my brother was rushed to the emergency room with appendicitis. As the doctor on duty came round to carry out final checks before the operation, he explained to my brother that he needed to conduct a test, “just to check it really is the appendix and not your ovaries.” On seeing the confusion and panic on my brother’s face, he quickly corrected: “kidneys, I mean kidneys.”
Designs to Reduce Common Medical ErrorsThu, 02 Feb 2012 14:26:15
Surgeons and designers have worked together to build a new type of hospital bed space that they hope will reduce common medical errors.
“Amazingly enough, one in ten patients who go into hospital in the UK suffer some kind of unintended harm,” says Prof Myerson, principal investigator.
Hunterian Museum – Make It Better ExhibitionWed, 01 Feb 2012 13:48:23
Held at the Royal College of Surgeons London, ‘Make It Better’ focuses on a range of designs developed as a result of DOME, a project to tackle the problem of medical error in hospital wards, (Designing Out Medical Error).
Security of Medicines & Controlled DrugsWed, 01 Feb 2012 11:43:36
A recent press article has uncovered serious failings surrounding the security of medicines and controlled drugs in British hospitals.
Legislation dictates that all ‘Health-Care Premises’ ensure that their Drugs and Medicines are stored in cabinets which comply with relevant standards or regulations.
Drugs and Medicines, with the exception of Controlled Drugs must be stored within cabinets that comply with BS2881:1989. This standard details the security requirements and testing procedures necessary to ensure compliance. Our ‘PC’ range of cabinets fully complies with level one of this standard.